Harris Co. Pct. 4 praised after evidence room audit

Months after it was revealed that thousands of pieces of evidence in the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office were destroyed, a new audit has found only two items missing.

HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS - Months after it was revealed that thousands of pieces of evidence in the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office were destroyed, a new audit has found only two items missing.

The independent audit of the evidence room was launched on Nov. 8, and out of the 19,000 items sealed and stored in the room, only two DVDs were missing, both for closed cases.

Back in September, the district attorney’s office began investigating why thousands of pieces of evidence were destroyed by the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office. Deputy Chris Hess was fired by Constable Mark Herman after he allegedly dumped the evidence while cleaning out a property room.

Herman says safeguards are in place for when they do decide to clear out evidence in the future.

“When we do that, there will be at least three sets of eyes, a better check-and-balance, if you will,” Herman said.

The auditor praised the Constable’s office for the way it has organized and accounted the current inventory, but that auditor did make a few suggestions, including installing new locks.

(© 2016 KHOU)


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