Houston police fingerprint review: no wrong IDs

HOUSTON The Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday, from a public records request, that a 1996 misidentification led to a person wrongly incarcerated in a capital murder investigation. A 1997 written reprimand to a lab worker did not list the identity of the person or status of the case.

The fingerprint examiner, Rafael Saldivar, retired this spring. Saldivar attorney Earl Musick declined comment.

Assistant Chief Tim Oettmeier said Tuesday he was unaware of the misidentification and wants more information before deciding whether to extend the review to 1990s cases.

A 2009 audit revealed some examiners were failing to find viable fingerprints on evidence.

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