Former forensic scientist, accused of forging evidence in hundreds of cases, dies
FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas —
Joyce Gilchrist has died.
Gilchrist was a chemist for the Oklahoma City police department until she was fired in 2001 for fraud.
Gilchrist died June 14, according to a letter provided by the state of Texas after a Fox 25 request.
She has a legacy in Oklahoma as putting people behind bars that committed no crimes.
Some of those---death penalty cases.
"It's always a nightmare, every night is a nightmare, every day is a nightmare even though you're free," said David Bryson in an interview with Fox in 2010.
"I was sent to prison because of wrongful testimony of Joyce Gilchrist."
Bryson was wrongfully convicted of kidnapping and rape in 1983 and served 16 years in prison before DNA showed he was not the assailant.
Fox 25 has covered these cases for years, including tracking Gilchrist down in Houston, where she moved after the cases.
She lived her life quietly after moving, working for a candle-making company.
When confronted by Fox, Gilchrist never apologized or commented on the cases.
"I've been advised by my attorney not to," Gilchrist said.
Some of the victim's of Gilchrist's cases say they can never forgive her for stealing years of their lives.
"I'm sorry they feel that way," Gilchrist said.
We had to file a records request to confirm her death, as there is no public obituary or notice.
After civil cases, like one filed by Bryson, she was ordered to pay $16 million in damages. After those judgments, Gilchrist moved to Texas, living in various homes.
After 20 years working for the city and hundreds of cases with questionable work by Gilchrist, she was never charged with a crime.
Lawyers close to the cases say there's evidence of perjury, obstruction of justice, filing false reports, and conspiracy.
In at least one of the murder cases filed where someone went to prison wrongfully, there is still no conviction in that case to this day.
The state began reviewing over 1,500 of her cases after firing her.
"I cannot see it ever really being over until the day I die," Bryson said. "There is always something inside of me, from the prison life, that will always affect me."
Gilchrist's attorney was quoted once by saying, "The criticism of her around here is second only to that of Timothy McVeigh."
Gilchrist was 67.