Former SBI agent Duane Deaver has been at the heart of the many of the problems at the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation: the exoneration of Greg Taylor, an innocent man who spent 17 years behind bars; an independent audit that found 229 cases where blood test results were withheld or misstated; the bloodstain pattern analysis group that was shut down by Attorney General Roy Cooper for unscientific work.
Deaver, who was fired and faces contempt of court charges for his conduct in the Taylor case, has not spoken with reporters over the past year, until recently. Deaver spoke with WRAL's Cullen Browder in a segment broadcast Monday evening.
Deaver said he's a scientist who's done nothing wrong, but has become a scapegoat for problems at the SBI that he did not create. Deaver said the SBI has treated him unfairly and he vowed to get his job back. He said the whole experience has been very hurtful.
"I'm telling you I didn't do anything wrong, and yet, my career is over."
Does he think Greg Taylor is innocent?
"That's not my job. I'd hate to think that anyone would be put in prison who is innocent and that I would be part of that."
His report in the case said there were chemical indications of blood on Taylor's car. The report did not mention that subsequent, confirmatory tests for blood were negative. Deaver defended that report as scientifically accurate.
"Never would was it considered on my part that we were withholding anything.
That's not the way we did business or wanted to do business."
And he said he didn't think his work led to Taylor's conviction.
"I think it's mistaken. I think it's mistaken to think that my report was the reason he was convicted."
That's not the opinion of Taylor, who blames Deaver's report for his conviction.
WRAL said it would publish the entire interview later this week. We're curious to see if Deaver was asked about his bloodstain pattern analysis work, particularly in the Kirk Turner case. Or the George Goode case, where a federal judge scolded him for giving false and misleading testimony.
Deaver's lawyer, Phillip Isley, said Deaver would not be giving any more interviews.