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Criminal freed over Mass. lab scandal skips court

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 1 2015 12:12 a.m. MDT

This undated booking photo provided by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston shows Marcus Pixley, whose bail on drug charges was reduced because of allegations of mishandling of drug samples by a Massachusetts chemist. Pixley failed to show up for a previously scheduled court hearing Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, and is now a fugitive.   (Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Associated Press) This undated booking photo provided by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston shows Marcus Pixley, whose bail on drug charges was reduced because of allegations of mishandling of drug samples by a Massachusetts chemist. Pixley failed to show up for a previously scheduled court hearing Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, and is now a fugitive. (Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Associated Press)

BOSTON — Career criminal Marcus Pixley, whose bail was reduced after allegations that a state police lab chemist mishandled thousands of drug samples, has become a fugitive.

A Suffolk Superior Court judge issued a warrant for his arrest Thursday after he failed to show up for a scheduled court hearing.

Chemist Annie Dookhan is charged with obstruction of justice and accused of faking test results, skipping protocols and mixing drug samples at a now-closed state lab.

On Friday, judges in Boston Municipal Court will hear about 19 other cases from defendants whose cases may be impacted by the lab scandal. Officials say they've identified more than 1,100 defendants serving time in county jails or state prisons based on samples tested by Dookhan. It is unclear how many samples might have been tainted.

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