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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Authorities say Delaware's former chief medical examiner has agreed to plead no contest to charges of official misconduct.

Richard Callery, who was fired last year amid an evidence-tampering scandal in Delaware's drug testing lab, will appear in court Thursday to enter the plea to two counts of official misconduct.

Authorities say Callery operated a private consulting business from within the medical examiner's office, using state resources.

Delaware’s former medical examiner who is under criminal investigation has received – what one lawmaker called – a golden parachute.

After leaving office Dr. Richard Callery is received not only his state pension, but the Wilmington News Journal reports that he got $75-thousand dollars benefits for hundreds of hours in unused sick and vacation leave.

Callery oversaw the state’s drug lab where evidence went missing and which was eventually overhauled.

He received a salary of nearly $200-thousand making him one of the highest paid officials in the state.

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The former Delaware Chief Medical Examiner may have been fired and  subject to a criminal investigation but Richard Callery has been paid nearly $75-thousand in for unused vacation and sick time.

That, reports the Wilmington News Journal, is according to Delaware payroll documents.

Since his suspension in February, the paper says, he has garnered nearly $185-thousand.

State officials say that Callery did not properly supervise the state drug lab where evidence disappeared.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A scandal surrounding evidence tampering at the state's drug-testing lab is also affecting homicide prosecutions.

At a court hearing Wednesday, defense attorneys in a negligent homicide case challenged the autopsy conducted by Delaware's then-Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Richard Callery. He was fired earlier this month on allegations of misconduct in his role overseeing the office.

The problems at the drug-testing lab have endangered thousands of drug convictions.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state Senate committee is set to take up a bill abolishing the office of chief medical examiner and replacing it with a new division of forensic science.

The bill to be discussed Wednesday was drafted in response to a scandal involving evidence tampering and theft at the state drug testing lab, which is part of the medical examiner's office.

Two employees of the medical examiner's office have been arrested, and chief medical examiner Richard Callery is suspended with pay as officials investigate possible misuse of state resources.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are continuing to probe issues involving evidence tampering in the state's drug-testing lab.

House and Senate lawmakers planned to hold a joint hearing Wednesday regarding the lab, which is part of the medical examiner's office and is the subject of a criminal investigation. Lawmakers have invited representatives of the attorney general's office and court system to attend.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials say a second employee of the Delaware medical examiner's office has been suspended amid an investigation of evidence tampering in the state criminal drug testing lab.

Chief medical examiner Richard Callery was recently suspended with pay as officials investigate possible misuse of state resources.

Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf said Wednesday that a second state employee who worked as an evidence technician in the medical examiner's office also has been suspended. She did not provide further details.