BEND, OR -- The criminal investigation into an analyst at the Oregon State Police crime lab in Bend is expanding. Originally, the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office planned to look into only the cases assigned to Nika Larsen. But, D.A. John Hummel says investigators recently uncovered evidence the suspect may have also tampered with drug evidence in cases not assigned to her.
Read more on the investigation into the allegations of evidence tampering.
They are now reviewing about 60 Deschutes County drug cases that involved evidence analyzed by the lab during Larsen's employment. Hummel has appointed Chief Deputy D.A. Steve Gunnels and Deputy D.A. Jason Kropf to lead the review of these cases. They'll recommend whether a conviction stands, a crime should be reduced or a case dismissed, in each case. D.A. Hummel will make the final decisions.