Man Awarded Millions In Civil Lawsuit

Mar 11, 2013

An Ohio man who spent 13 years in prison for a murder that DNA testing later proved he didn't commit cried as a federal jury found that two police detectives violated his civil rights by coercing and falsifying testimony and withholding evidence that pointed to his innocence.

The jury's verdict included awarding $13.2 million to David Ayers of Cleveland for his pain and suffering.
The 56-year-old Ayers was released from prison in September 2011 after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati reversed his conviction and the state decided not to seek another trial. He had been found guilty in the 1999 killing of 76-year-old Dorothy Brown.