Forensics lab back-up delays child rape case - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Forensics lab back-up delays child rape case

A back-up at the forensic lab is slowing down a child-rape case involving a former Shelby County employee.

In court Monday, officials said the wheels of justice are turning slowly in the Wayne Logan case.

Before the former Shelby County Sheriff's Department employee goes on trial, his attorney and prosecutors are waiting for DNA samples from his car to come back from the TBI.

Logan, a former clerk in the Sheriff's Department's records department, was arrested in January of last year, charged with raping an eight-year-old girl.

The girl testified she had intercourse with Logan more than a dozen times- sometimes at her house, where she lives with her mother and grandmother, sometimes at another house on that street, and sometimes in Logan's car.

"He at this point maintains his innocence, denies the allegation, and looks forward to a favorable resolution," attorney Leslie Ballin said.

Ballin said the TBI is swamped, hence the delay on the forensic tests.  Ballin said he hoped the results would have come back sooner.

Logan has been locked up since January on a $150,000 bond.  The girl's mother, Sharon Crawford, is also facing charges in the case.

Both Logan and Crawford are set to be back in court May 27th.


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