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Kentucky town agrees to pay exonerated man $7.5 million

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A man acquitted of murder has reached a $7.5 million settlement with a Kentucky city that he had sued for wrongful arrest and imprisonment.

Lawyers for Kerry Porter, who spent 11 years in prison after she is wrongfully convicted in 1996 of killing Tyrone Camp, said in a statement Monday that the settlement of the city of Louisville was recently completed. Porter was acquitted in 2011.

The lawsuit said the officials mistakenly decided to sentence Porter by the fabrication of evidence, use of false identification procedures and hide the evidence that would have cleared him.

Porter, now 56, kept “the sum of the evidence against him at trial was a corrupted and forced identification.” He also complained of “the false testimony of two jailhouse snitches.”

Josh Abner, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office in Jefferson County, which consists of the Metro Louisville area, told the Courier Journal that the settlement was completed last week.

“Given the potential for continued expensive litigation, all parties are agreed that it is in the best interest of resolving the disputed claims at this time with no admission of liability,” Abner said.

When a judge dismissed the case against Porter, he referred to a judgment of a man who said someone had killed the Camp and DNA at the scene that do not belong to Porter.

The murder remains unsolved.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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