Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

September 25, 2012

Evidence in Glasgow man's drug trafficking case delayed months by lab

By SUSAN TEBBEN
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Further information about a missing computer analysis needed for a drug case showed that the delay in information was caused by the Kentucky Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory and not because of a lack of information from the lead police investigator.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Karen Davis requested a meeting Monday afternoon with Glasgow Police Department chief Guy Turcotte and lead investigators in the case of David Tyler Pedigo, who faces drug trafficking charges in Barren County Circuit Court.

The meeting came after Circuit Judge Phil Patton ordered a computer be returned to Pedigo and his attorney, Johnny Bell, since analysis of the computer had not been given to the prosecution or the defense after a year of waiting.

The computer was seized from the residence of Pedigo, 23, by the Glasgow Police Department, but lead investigators at the GPD had not been reached by forensic analysts to specify what to look for on the computer, according to court documents and reports from Kelsy Barrett, assistant commonwealth’s attorney, in court on Monday.

“I don’t understand why it would take a year for the police department to have a discussion about this computer,” Patton said at the hearing.

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