CHICAGO (CBS / AP) – A jury awarded $ 7.5 million to a man who was exonerated after spending nearly 30 years in prison for a murder in Chicago.
Daniel Andersen has sued a group of former and current Chicago police officers, arguing that he was forced to confess to the murder of Cathy Trunko in 1980.
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His lawyers also said DNA results years later ruled out a link to the 20-year-old victim. Andersen was released from prison in 2007 and subsequently received a certificate of innocence.
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A police lawyer argued that Trunko and Andersen were not completely excluded from the knife blade, which was found a few blocks away.
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