An audit commissioned by state Attorney General Roy Cooper revealed that the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) withheld or distorted evidence in about 230 cases from the 1980's and 1990's. Such mishandling may have led to the incarceration of innocent people. The report came out after a four month review was completed by two former FBI agents, Chris Swecker and Mike Wolf. At the invitation of Cooper, the two agents examined more than 15,000 cases. This review was prompted by the exoneration of Greg Taylor, a Wake County man imprisoned 17 years for a murder he did not commit. A SBI analyst, Duane Deaver admitted in February that he failed to report tests indicating a substance on Taylor's SUV was not blood. Deaver, who was suspended August 18 by the new SBI director, Greg McLeod, said that "his bosses told him to write reports that way."
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