Police chemist was found to have violated standards in 1987

Tuesday, May 1st 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- An Oklahoma City police chemist who's accused of misidentifying evidence was found in 1987 to have violated ethical standards.

The Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists found that Joyce Gilchrist violated its standards, but did not do so intentionally.

A regional crime lab's chief forensic chemist at that time accused Gilchrist of being at odds with the entire forensic community. John Wilson's complaint alleged Gilchrist gave scientific opinions in four Oklahoma murder trials that identified the defendant based on the slightest circumstantial evidence.

A secret FBI report says Gilchrist has misidentified hair and fibers in at least six criminal cases and given testimony that goes beyond acceptable limits of forensic science.

An internal police department memo obtained by KWTV accuses Gilchrist of grossly mismanaging the department's laboratory.

Gilchrist is on paid administrative leave and her attorney says she believes she'll be vindicated.