Insurers for the Robeson County (North Carolina) Sheriff’s Office are forking over $9 million for the role of two former officers in the wrongful convictions of two intellectually disabled men in 1983. The men were exonerated of involvement in a murder by DNA evidence in 2014. Not surprisingly, their lawyers have demanded and obtained compensation for the three decades on death row. (Note: in a state like Texas, the men might have been executed before their innocence was proven.)
The DNA evidence linked the murder to another man who lived next door to where the victim was found.
Police coerced wrongful “confessions” from the two men, then teens, which were the basis for the original conviction. The two men became suspects due to a “rumor” that they had been involved in the crime.
The town of Red Springs agreed to pay $1 million to settle its role in this case…
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