Suit: Loss of blood sample led to dismissal of sex crime
via Albuquerque Journal, by Olivier Uyttebrouck / Journal Staff Writer
In the five years, it took to process a rape kit, key evidence was lost that could have led to the conviction of an Albuquerque man on sex crime charges, a lawsuit alleges.
The Albuquerque Police Department lost a blood sample that could have shown that the 18-year-old victim was drugged before she was raped in 2015, the suit said.
“There’s a reason that most women don’t report rape, and part of that reason is because of the lack of care we take in prosecuting these cases.” said Laura Schauer Ives