Annie Dookhan And The Massachusetts Drug Lab Crisis

Brockton Man, Released Amid Lab Crisis, Indicted For Murder


BOSTON — A grand jury has indicted a Brockton man for a murder allegedly committed after he was released because of the state drug lab crisis.

The indictment charges 22-year-old Donta Hood with fatally shooting 45-year-old Charles Evans in Brockton last month. That was eight months after Hood was released from prison, where he was serving a five-year sentence on cocaine charges. But Hood was released from prison early because former state chemist Annie Dookhan had tested the drugs in his case.

Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz says Hood’s case had to be dismissed — or nolle prossed.

“The drugs in this case had already been destroyed, so there was no way to retest the drugs at issue,” Cruz said. “As a result of that the case was nolle prossed.”

Twenty-one-year-old William Allen Robinson, of Boston, faces charges in the Evans killing as well. Their arraignments have not been scheduled.


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