Tampa Homicide Detective On Leave During Probe

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Associated Press News

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The federal criminal investigation of a Tampa police homicide detective has forced prosecutors and police officials to review cases in which he played a part.

The Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/PwnAmv) reports that Tampa Police relieved Eric Houston of his investigative duties and placed him on administrative leave on April 3 after the investigation began.

Officials say the nature of the probe remains a mystery to most within the department.

Also unclear Wednesday was whether the investigation will have any effect on the integrity of evidence provided by Houston in homicide prosecutions.

Houston worked on high-profile cases involving convicted cop killer Dontae Morris and Julie Schenecker, who is scheduled to go on trial next week on charges she killed her two teenage children.