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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Exonerated man sues MO county, former sheriff


Josh Kezer spent about 16 years in prison for the murder of Angela Mischelle Lawless -- a crime that he didn't commit. He was freed back in February after a court decided that, not only was evidence hidden from the defense, new information undermined the case against him, the Southeast Missourian reports.

Now? He's suing Scott County, as well as the former sheriff and one of his deputies, saying they acted in bad faith and withheld evidence. (The sheriff and deputy now have a process-server business.) It's not clear how much he's seeking. But the county's insurance is good for $2.4 million.

The other intesting bit here? The plaintiffs won't say why their suit didn't include Kenny Hulshof, who acted as prosecutor in the original trial.

From The AP: Former inmate Joshua Kezer, 34, right, talks with Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter after being released Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, from the Jefferson City Correctional Center in Jefferson City, Mo. Kezer had been imprisoned in 1992 for the murder of a college student. In 2006, Walter reopened the case.


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