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LPD Puts Detective On Paid Leave After Controversy Over Trial Evidence

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Questions over inconsistencies in court evidence have forced the Lansing Police Department on Tuesday to place one of its detectives on paid administrative leave.

Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III says two days into the trial of Bryan Farmer, a man charged with criminal sexual conduct, his office discovered there was evidence available that had not been admitted to the case. The trial began October 14.

"There was a question of whether certain records were in existence," says Dunnings. "We had not received these records, and we did not think they existed."

Prosecutors say LPD Detective Catherine Farrell insisted the records did exist, and says she previously brought them to the prosecutor's office. However, Dunnings says there's no proof those documents were ever delivered. "Our office had no record of ever having received those," says Dunnings.

The Lansing Police Department investigated the matter, and eventually determined there was a discrepancy in the evidence. LPD then decided to turn the investigation over to the Michigan State Police and to place Farrell on administrative leave.

"There's an irregularity, so a defendant's constitutional rights are an issue here. There's nothing more important than that," says Dunnings. "And therefore, it's going to be gotten to the bottom of and we're going to find out what happened."

LPD Internal Affairs is also investigating the case. Officials said in a statement if the allegations are true, Farrell could face termination.

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