Mead Lawsuit Raises Questions of Police Competence

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

In July, Michael Mead was acquitted of killing his pregnant fiance' by a Gaston County jury. Mr. Mead was charged with shooting his wife and subsequently burning her house down. Given the nature of his offenses, he could have faced the death penalty if he was found guilty of the offense.

Since Mr. Mead has been acquitted of the offenses, he is suing the Gaston County Police and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation for mishandling evidence. According to Mr. Mead, Police officers gave him a gunshot residue test. However, they later denied giving him the test. During the subsequent prosecution of his case, Police admitted to giving the test and losing the results. Mr. Mead's lawsuit alleges such a mishandling of evidence constitutes a violation of standards that should be followed in every criminal investigation.

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