Pixley, whose case is tied to lab scandal, back in jail
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Marcus Pixley, a man whose case is caught up in the state lab scandal, acted out in court as he was led back to jail for defaulting on a hearing Thursday.
Pixley is a convicted rapist who was released on reduced bail because Dookhan signed off on evidence used in his case.
“I’m not gonna plead guilty to nothing that I didn't do,” Pixley yelled in court as he was led away in cuffs.
His anger was directed at the system his lawyer said is railroading him.
"The commonwealth is trying to use Marcus Pixley as the poster boy to frighten the public, to shift attention from the Dookhan scandal to a public safety issue,” said Pixley’s lawyer, Veronica White.
Annie Dookhan is the rogue chemist at the heart of the JP lab scandal and whose drug tests landed Pixley in jail. His bail was recently lowered and he was freed, but then failed to show up for a hearing -- so he was arrested again.
His arrest came on the same day more than a dozen other drug cases, potentially involving Dookhan, were heard. Only two suspects were released and the district attorney said the court wasted a lot of people's time.
“Every minute they spend here in this courtroom addressing unrelated matters keeps them out of our boiler room to get at the real issues at hand here," said Dan Conley, Suffolk County District Attorney.
The real issues being Dookhan's alleged drug tampering that could have wrongly imprisoned as many as 1,100 people -- maybe more.
"Any criminal defendant that is facing charges based on contaminated evidence, knows that evidence has been tampered with, knows documents have been forged, knows that that the chemist Annie Dookhan is facing charges for obstruction -- it's not rocket science," said White.
The district attorneys and law enforcement say that 300 to 500 people that could be released from jail are dangerous.