A man from Toledo who spent 19 years in prison is suing the State of Ohio for an apology and massive compensation.
Danny Brown has filed a lawsuit for wrongful imprisonment. He was sentenced to life in 1982 for the murder of 28-year-old mother of three Bobbi Russell, whom he was dating at the time. She had been raped and strangled with an extension cord. The victims’ six-year-old son testified against Brown, landing him behind bars, despite inconsistencies in the boy’s testimony.
In 2001, a DNA test found no match between samples taken from Brown and from the victim, which bought his freedom. He also successfully passed a lie detector test. Soon afterwards, Brown appealed his wrongful sentence.
His first attempt to gain compensation was turned down by a State Court of Appeal. Prosecutors refused to clear him of suspicion, even though the DNA results pointed to a different man, already convicted of another murder….