INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – An Indianapolis police detective who launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for DNA testing in a cold case has been ordered off the investigation.
The Indianapolis Star reports Detective Sgt. William Carter had the city's crime lab send DNA to a Utah facility last fall for testing in the 1993 rape and killing of Carmen Hope Van Huss. The lab sent the wrong sample, so Carter requested a second test. After the city declined to pay, Carter set up a crowdfunding page to seek donations.
He's no longer on the case, though. Maj. Chris Bailey says Carter isn't a member of the cold case squad and that the department wants that team to do its job.
Carter helped solve the 1989 slaying of a 16-year-old girl in 2011.