Republican candidate for Wisconsin Attorney General says crime victims and their families wait too long for closure

Eric Toney held a campaign stop with Monroe County law enforcement

SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) — The Republican candidate for Wisconsin Attorney General says crime victims and their families are waiting far too long for closure.

During a campaign stop Tuesday in Sparta, Eric Toney met with the Monroe County Sherriff and District Attorney.

Toney is the current Fond du Lac County District Attorney and President of the Wisconsin District Attorneys Association.

Toney says state resources haven’t changed, but under incumbent Democrat, Josh Kaul’s leadership it’s taken longer for the state crime lab to return evidence to prosecutors. Toney says that’s harmful to everyone involved with the case. “That’s families and victims waiting for justice. A defendant may be waiting in custody for that evidence for a case to move forward. We need an attorney general that’s not going to give these issues lip service and actually make it a priority, ” explains Toney.

In a recent debate, Attorney General Kaul told reporters testing time for DNA has gone up, but that’s because the state invested in more precise testing. Kaul went on to say he requested more resources at the state crime lab and only received half of what he asked for.