Drug suspect withdraws plea in Mass. lab scandal

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Associated Press

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 19 at 7:00 PM

BOSTON (AP) — A drug defendant serving time in jail has been allowed to withdraw his guilty plea and will be released while awaiting trial. It's the first of what could be many cases jeopardized by a scandal at a Massachusetts drug testing lab.

David Danielli pleaded guilty to possession of 500 oxycodone pills and was sentenced to serve a year in jail. His lawyer filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea after state officials shut down the testing lab last month amid a widening investigation into the actions of a chemist accused of deliberately mishandling drug samples.

A judge Wednesday granted Danielli's motion.

A spokesman for the Norfolk District Attorney says Danielli will be released on personal recognizance. His case will go back on a list of cases awaiting trial.

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