Sgt. Tim White of the West Virginia State Police's crime lab has been fired, according
to Major B. D. Gore. Sgt. White and the lab's director Captain Rick Theis have been on
suspension since March, related to improper practices. Captain Theis' future is
unclear, but he is still employed by the agency.|
Sgt. White had been involved in an incident in 2001 when the State Police fired a
civilian lab worker who pled guilty to federal mail fraud charges, and was sentenced
State Police Superintendent Howard Hill asked the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office
to investigate the matter. An independent lab was hired to test all cases Sgt. White
analyzed from April 1 to July 3 of last year.
Major Gore said last week the FBI is continuing their investigation.
Millions of dollars in lawsuits have been filed against the West Virginia State Police
since the Supreme Court discredited former lab chief Fred Zain in 1993. Zain's trail of
unprofessional conduct continues to problem the agency and the State of West
Virginia, including sending innocent people to jail.
The West Virginia State Police continues to defend their internal review policies,
which previously focused on the agency monitoring itself. Several members of the
West Virginia Legislature have called for a civilian review board, particularly since
conduct problems continue to plague the agency.
Calls have been made to reorganize the State Police into a Highway Patrol, create a
Civilian Review Board and remove the lab from the agency, which most criminologists
consider to be flawed.
The State Police have now unionized, and will likely take a stance against changing