Broward Crime Lab Scandal Could Taint Many Cases

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After Troxell was charged (the case is ongoing), McDonald tested the drugs on August 8 and found only 55.6 grams.

BSO is still investigating McDonald and declined to comment on these cases.

Prosecutor Jeff Marcus says his office has retested drugs in cases as they go to trial. "We haven't been dismissing cases," he says. "[But] the crime lab is down a chemist, and they've been swamped with all their work."

At the Public Defender's Office, however, attorneys continue to comb through cases McDonald worked. Says chief assistant Weekes: "When you have a chemist that is engaging in chronic misconduct, it becomes an issue of confidence in a fair trial."

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Kyle Swenson
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