Trial delayed because of crime lab issues

The Star Tribune reported earlier today that a homicide trial was put on hold by a judge due to potentially bad evidence from the Wisconsin Crime Lab.

Leah Jean Waldhart is accused of killing her boyfriend in 2001 and is pleading not guilty to the charges. Today her trial was postponed because Judge Alan White heard from District Attorney Jane Kohlwey that prosecutors discovered issues with evidence that was supposed to be analyzed by the Wisconsin Crime Lab before this point. According to Kohlwey, some fingerprint evidence is being held by the lab in order to review an investigator’s work. Also, some DNA evidence has yet to be tested.

Waldhart’s trial was supposed to begin Feb. 2, and Judge White expressed his disappointment with the Crime Lab’s delays. He said the delay was “totally inexcusable,” considering the high stakes at hand, for both the defendant and the victim’s family.

Delays in criminal cases can extend the stress and difficulties of the trial process. If you are facing criminal charges in Wisconsin, it’s critical that you have an attorney at your side who can handle any unexpected developments in court or in evidence. The criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C., help Milwaukee defendants build a strong legal defense and work to guard them against harsh conviction penalties. Contact our offices today by calling (414) 271-9595 to learn how we may work to protect your rights and interests.