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$475,000 Settlement for Wrongly Convicted Indiana Ex-Con

$475,000 Settlement for Wrongly
Convicted Indiana Ex-Con

On March 5, 2003, Jerry Watkins settled his wrongful conviction lawsuit against the Hancock County sheriff's department inIndianapolis and the Indianapolis police department. Watkins was convicted of murdering his 11 year old sister in law and was sentenced to 60 years in prison. Watkins was eventually exonerated and released from prison after serving 14 years in custody.

Watkins filed suit against the sheriff and police department alleging that that they and the prosecutor's office jointly fabricated evidence indicating his guilt and suppressed evidence that would have proven his innocence at trial. Rather than proceed to trial on the civil claims, the defendants settled. The county agreed to pay Watkins $465,000 and the city police department paid $10,000. Watkins was represented by Indianapolis attorney Richard Waples of Waples and Hangar. See: Watkins v. Hancock County Sheriff, US DC, SD IN, Case No. IP00-C-1986 B/S.

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Watkins v. Hancock County Sheriff