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Defendant In Case That Sparked ME Investigation Speaks Out

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FELTON, Del. - Questions still remain in the evidence tampering investigation out of Delaware.

In January, the issue first came to light after police noticed a mix up with drug evidence during a trial. The trial against Tyrone Walker kick started the investigation into the medical examiner's office.

Tyrone Walker reached out to 47 ABC after our story first aired back in February about his case. Since then, the 42-year-old has been arrested again and put on home confinement.

"Because of this tampering evidence thing, everybody seems like they are blaming it on me," said Walker. "It's not me."

But it was his case that started the tampering investigation. This past January, Walker faced eight charges for selling oxycodone. When the time came to show the evidence in court, however, Walker says investigators "dumped everything out" before noticing the evidence in the case was missing.

Investigators pulled out an evidence bag supposedly filled with dozens of blue Oxycodone pills. But they weren't Oxycodone, they weren't even blue. They were pink blood pressure pills.

Walker still says he's innocent and says he wasn't selling drugs.
     
"I was using, because I usually get them from my doctor, but I stopped getting them," said Walker.

He wound up taking a plea deal, sentenced to a year of home confinement. Since then it's come to light that at Delaware's drug-testing lab 51 pieces of evidence were compromised in 46 cases dating back to 2010. Already, dozens of cases have been reduced and hundreds of people are looking to overturn their convictions.

Walker is one of them.

"He's on home confinement for what where's your evidence? The evidence is gone," said Kasie Bell, who lives with Walker. "All these other people the cases are being dismissed, they're waking out of prison but he's the one that's going through everything."

I'm doing every thing that I can to try to make things right," said Walker.

Walker says he will be filing an appeal to get his sentence thrown out.

Two employees have been arrested for allegedly tampering with evidence at the chief medical examiner's office.

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