In June 2012, Ardis Fenn was accused of shooting a man. Key evidence against him didn't make it back in time and he was let go.
According to documents from state police obtained by WCIA-3 Investigates, it takes 172 days to process DNA evidence. That amount of time is two months past the deadline lawyers would need in court.
Ballistics take more than eight months, fingerprints take five and a half, and tire marks nearly a year. The delays may have a lot to do with resources. The lab's budget shows the state slashed spending by more than a quarter a million dollars the last two years and lost two evidence technicians. The lab director says they are still getting the job done.