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SFPD crime lab tech expected to plead guilty to misdemeanor

Friday, March 15, 2013
Former crime lab technician Deborah Madden

A former San Francisco police crime-lab technician accused of stealing drug evidence is expected to change her plea on Friday.

Debra Madden, 62, appeared is in federal court to plead guilty to misdemeanor possession for taking cocaine from the crime lab in 2009.

The lesser charge that results in a plea deal carries a maximum one-year sentence. Madden's two previous trials on the more serious charge in Illston's court ended in mistrials in October and January with jurors unable to agree on a verdict.

Because of the scandal about 500 San Francisco drug-related cases were dismissed.

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