Brockton, Mass. murder suspect connected to state drug lab scandal

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May 17, 2013, 2:20 pm
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(NECN: Scot Yount, Brockton, Mass.) - He is the first person to get out of jail in the wake of the Massachusetts drug lab scandal, to be charged with murder.

Twenty-two-year-old Donta Hood is charged with shooting 45-year-old Charles Evans to death.

Evans was gunned down in a brazen broad daylight attack on Wednesday.
According to court documents, Hood was sentenced to five years in prison in August of 2009 for dealing cocaine near a school. But when former state chemist Annie Dookhan was arrested, it set off a wave of overturned convictions.

Prosecutors said as many as 32,000 cases were called into question. One of those was the conviction of Donta Hood.

"There was a motion for new trial that was allowed on that case due to the involvement in that case at the Dookhan drug lab scandal," Plymouth County Assistant District Attorney Tim Kenny told a district court judge.
Annie Dookhan was the confirmatory chemist on the case and was a witness at Hood's trial. 
According to court documents, Dookhan admitted improper conduct that rendered her testimony unreliable. 

"It is a case in which Miss Dookhan testified at the trial, and she is currently indicted for perjury on that case," Kenny said in open court.
Dookhan has pleaded not guilty to all but one of the 27 cases the Attorney General is prosecuting.
Hood's case is one of the 27.
Hood was released from prison after the court was forced to vacate his convictions in November of last year, which was 22 months early.
Evans' family members were outraged at the murder that they believe would not have happened had Hood remained in jail. They did not want to speak on camera.
This is the sixth murder to take place in the city this year; that's the same number of killings recording in the whole of 2012.
Prosecutors say Hood shot Evans at least three times.  Hood is being held without bail, and is due back in court on June 14.

Tags: massachusetts, Julie Loncich, brockton massachusetts, annie dookhan, drug lab scandal, charles evans, donta hood
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