Sgt. Antoinette Jackson
When Sgt. Antoinette Jackson joined the Police Department's Forensics Division, the only training she had in criminal investigations was a home-study course that she paid for herself.
Over the next five years, the only training the department provided her was an FBI course in fingerprinting.
But her lack of preparation did not keep the department from promoting her to the No. 2 spot in Forensics.
Eventually, though, her many evidence mistakes and missteps cost her that job. She believes she is the scapegoat and says the real problem is the department's failure to train and teach officers what to do.
Jackson was transferred from Forensics to patrol duty this August after she neglected to impound a car in which the bodies of two murder victims were found. She left the car at the murder scene, Bluebeard's Beach, for three days even though standard procedure was to have the car towed to the police parking lot the same day for detectives to examine it.
That slip-up got Jackson in hot water with her superiors.
"I got a disciplinary letter and a lot of other negative stuff came out of it," Jackson says. "I know I screwed up. It was my responsibility and I accept that."
But that was not her first problem with evidence. According to police and prosecutors, she has made the following mistakes with evidence:
Gumbs says he told Jackson the opposite: Treat the cases separately.
Jackson says: "I spoke with investigators from Major Crime. Nobody ever told me it was two different cases. All I was hearing was, 'You send the case off yet?'"
The FBI asked not once, not twice, but three times before Jackson got it right.
Jackson says she had to go through the entire evidence list and separate it before sending the information back to the FBI.
Smalls was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.