SBI, DA looking into possible ‘irregularities’ with Harnett Co. evidence records

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LILLINGTON, N.C. (WNCN) – The State Bureau of Investigation and the Harnett County District Attorney’s Office are looking into possible “irregularities” with the way the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office recorded evidence.

In a press release Wednesday, Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats said he became aware of “record irregularities regarding recordkeeping involving evidence custodians at the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office.”

Coats stated he took “immediate” steps to investigate the possible irregularities and to “secure the evidence room.”

Coats said he immediately contact the SBI and the district attorney about the situation.

“The recordkeeping irregularities involve staff employees, not sworn deputies, and we do not believe the irregularities involve a large volume of cases,” Coats stated in a release. “Thus far, there is no indication any evidence was lost or tampered with.”

Coats said the sheriff’s office will continue to work with the SBI and district attorney during the investigation.

The FBI is currently investigating the death of Jon Livingston, the Harnett County father of three who was shot and killed by a Harnett County deputy in November.

The FBI opened an investigation earlier this month to determine if any violations of “federal law” occurred surrounding Livingston’s death.

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