Blood testing to begin within days at Asheville crime lab

DNA in a test tubeASHEVILLE – Analysts are verifying equipment that will soon be used to test blood samples for drugs and alcohol at the Western Regional Crime Lab in Asheville to ease a backlog of criminal cases awaiting test results in the state.
Analysis could begin within days at the Asheville center and will continue until the new $15.4 million crime lab is built in Edneyville. Groundbreaking for that new facility could start in the next few weeks and is estimated to take up to two years to complete, said State Crime Lab Director John Byrd during a tour of the Asheville lab on Monday.