Mass. chemist Annie Dookhan expected to change plea in lab case

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Alleged rogue state chemist Annie Dookhan during an earlier court hearing.
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A former Massachusetts chemist may plead guilty at a change-of-plea hearing that has been scheduled for  Nov. 22, according to court documents released Monday.

Annie Dookhan, a chemist at the center of a Massachusetts lab scandal that has compromised thousands of drug cases, originally entered a plea of not guilty to obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence.

Dookhan, 35, was arrested in September. Authorities have accused Dookhan of mishandling drug samples during her time working as a chemist at the state’s Hinton Laboratory in Jamaica Plain.

A judge said last week that she won’t impose a sentence of more than three to five years if Dookhan decides to change her plea to guilty, the Associated Press reported.

The docket also shows that a hearing on Dookhan’s motion to suppress her statements to state police – which was set for Wednesday – has been canceled.

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