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Man Wrongly Accused Of Murder Sues

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PITTSBURGH _ A Pennsylvania man -- who served 18 years in prison for murder, before being freed when D-N-A evidence failed to link him to the crime -- is suing the police. Drew Whitley's lawsuit names six Allegheny County detectives, the county and one of his former attorneys. It claims Whitley was subject to malicious prosecution and denied a fair trial because he is black. Whitley was sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of a restaurant manager near Pittsburgh. A crime lab technician said 41 hairs found in a mask at the scene resembled Whitley's hair. D-N-A testing wasn't available at the time of the trial. But D-N-A tests in 2005 indicated the hairs that were believed to be the killer's did not match Whitley's hair. The Allegheny County D-A dropped the charges last May and Whitley was released.
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