Investigation Apology

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation director has apologized for the handling of a piece of evidence. It concerns a man who now faces several counts of murder.

Larry Welch's statement is about blood taken from Douglas Belt in October of 1991. Welch says the apparent mis-marking of the sample may have led to a delay in identifying Belt as a suspect in several sexual crimes.

Welch blames human error. The KBI chief has scheduled a news conference tomorrow in Wichita to elaborate.

Belt, of Wichita, is charged with first-degree murder in a killing and decapitation one year ago. The victim, Lucille Gallegos, was found at the apartment complex where she worked as a maid.

Months after his arrest Belt was charged with seven rapes that took place between 1989 and 1994.

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