The long-awaited audit of the Asheville Police Department Evidence Room has been released by Buncombe County District Attorney Ron Moore. The City of Asheville paid $175,000 for the audit following reports of missing drugs, guns, and money.
The Moore blocked its release until after the sentencing of William Lee Smith, who managed the evidence room. In March 2013 Smith pleaded guilty to embezzlement of government property. He was sentenced to ten months in prison earlier this week. Carolina Public Press reporter Jon Elliston says it'll take time to digest the audit's findings.
Smith's defense attorney, Sean Devereux, has reviewed the audit and the State Bureau of Investigation documents related to to probe of the evidence room. He says Moore did the right thing by withholding the audit.