BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - A man who spent 15 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted in the killing of a 12-year-old girl has been cleared of unrelated drug charges.
A Roxbury District Court judge acquitted Shawn Drumgold on Friday.
Drumgold's attorney argued that prosecutors had not shown that her client possessed the heroin and cocaine found in a Roxbury apartment. She also argued that evidence in his case could have been tainted by a chemist at the center of a testing scandal at a state lab. Annie Dookhan has been charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly skirting lab protocols and faking test results at the now-closed lab.
A spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley says the judge's decision to acquit Drumgold was based on prosecutors' theory of possession, not on the lab scandal.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.