Houston Crime Lab

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Investigators looking into problems with the Houston Police Department's crime lab have reached an agreement with a state legislative committee that will compel uncooperative witnesses to testify.

The city's independent investigator, Michael Bromwich, said yesterday he reached an agreement with state Representative Kevin Bailey, chairman of the House Committee on General Investigating and Ethics.

The deal lets the city use the committee's subpoena power to force former lab employees to testify under oath.

Bromwich said in a report earlier this month that DNA and serology analysts at the lab may have tailored their findings in some cases to fit predetermined crime theories.

But Bromwich's investigation has been hampered because three ex-lab employees have refused to talk to him. The employees are former lab supervisor Don Krueger, former DNA chief James Bolding and former analyst Christy Kim.