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GBI: Weapon examiner testing faulty

POSTED: April 21, 2009 10:04 a.m.
ATLANTA - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says a state firearms examiner has resigned over faulty testing and dozens of criminal cases in the state could be in jeopardy.

GBI spokesman John Bankhead says Bernadette Davy admitted to not fully testing guns. She could not be reached for comment Monday after GBI announced she had resigned April 1. She had been an examiner since 1991.

Firearms examiners are supposed to pull the trigger 12 times before testifying about a piece of evidence. Bankhead says Davy admitted she had pulled the trigger only 10 times.

GBI director Vernon Keenan has contacted local prosecutors and offered to retest firearms handled by Davy. Some 20 requests for retesting have been received.

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