CHELSEA (CBS) -The future of a case against a reputed gang member is now in doubt after evidence was stolen from Chelsea court.
“He called me on my cellphone and asked if I was sitting down, I said I was driving and he said you may want to pull over.”
Pamela Harris-Daley says she almost drove off the road because of what she heard next from a Suffolk County prosecutor. A handgun, which was a key piece of evidence in the case against her client, Sokhorn Sor, was stolen from the evidence locker in Chelsea District Court.
WBZ-TV’s Kathy Curran reports
Prosecutors say Sor is a known gang member of the Bloods charged with possession of a loaded gun in Revere and now this defense attorney says with no gun Sor won’t get a fair trial. Harris-Daley says, “They say it’s a firearm because their ballistician fired it well I don’t have it anymore so how do I test it to make sure it’s a firearm.”
The I-Team has learned the gun in this case is one of three stolen from the court. One is a Glock 40 caliber semi-automatic, the other a Sportarms 9 millimeter.
John Rosenthal who heads up Stop Handgun Violence can’t believe the guns were stolen from the court, “It’s shocking that Chelsea District Court doesn’t have better protocols for securing evidence, for anyone in law enforcement it’s a disaster, especially when the evidence is deadly.”
Pamela Harris-Daley says in her 18 years practicing law and thousands of cases she’s never had evidence stolen from the court.
The I-Team asked the Trial Court for its policy on storing evidence. We were told there is no written policy and each court has its own policies and procedures.