Lieutenant Bob Rawlinson's appeal has been upheld, and his disciplinary sanctions have been overturned by the review committee.
Members of the committee found that the obligation to send or take evidence to the crime lab, as well as packaging, labeling and preserving evidence rested with the crime scene technician, not Lt. Rawlinson.
The committee also determined that Rawlinson transferred evidence within four working days after the warrant was executed, thereby indicating he was no longer the lead detective.
In response to the committee's findings, Chief Brenda Davis-Jones said, "I respect the appeal process."
Original Story, July 26:
A Pine Bluff police officer is appealing a disciplinary sanction following an internal investigation of why evidence delivery to the state crime lab was delayed.
Lieutenant Bob Rawlinson has filed an appeal of disciplinary sanctions handed down on July 19th.
Rawlinson was in charge of a march search of a Pine Bluff businessman's home where 18-year-old Cleashindra Hall was last seen before she disappeared nearly 20 years ago.
The evidence collected in the case wasn't delivered to the crime lab for over a month.