Acquitted Woman Sues Police, DA, SBI

A woman is suing the local police department, the district attorney, and the SBI after she spent years in jail for the murder of her mother.

Leslie Lincoln was arrested in September 2002 for the murder of her mother, 74-year-old Arlene Lincoln. She had been found beaten and stabbed at her home in Greenville in March 2002. Lincoln was in jail for years until her trial in March 2007, when a jury acquitted her of the murder charges.

Now Lincoln has filed a lawsuit, according to the Daily Reflector, suing the Pitt County District Attorney, Greenville Police and the SBI, alleging malicious prosecution. The paper says Lincoln is seeking $40,000 in damages.


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  • by J Location: Chesapeake on Feb 23, 2011 at 10:44 AM
    This case is unreal. The fact that this poor woman spent time in jail is insane. I would be asking for more than 40k after losing everything I own and spending 5 years in jail. If you read this article and still believe she is guilty, well... yeah. http://www.phoebezerwick.com/writing/crime-and-science-the-weight-of-evidence/
  • by jack on Feb 23, 2010 at 04:09 PM
    to greenville 85 minutes for a jury verdict!!! are you out of your mind?? talk about guilty until proven innocent what a stupid post unless you are the assistant DA in this case who is the only person in this town who would say something this stupid
  • by Greenville Location: around town on Feb 23, 2010 at 08:45 AM
    Just because someone is found not guilty does not always mean the defendent is actually innocent in all cases as OJ pointed out below. In many cases, it means there was not enough evidence to prove the defendent is guilty!!Only Leslie "REALLY" knows if she is innocent or not.My thought is she may have done this.No forced entry leads me to believe that someone the victim knew killed her which could be a family member! A HIGH MAJORITY believe OJ killed his wife.
  • by to oj... on Feb 23, 2010 at 08:43 AM
    um, there is absolutley NO comparison to OJ simpson and this case..there is nothing that ties this woman to the crime scene. this is nothing but dirty police work at its finest...research the case and you would know that. how about looking for another high profile case to tie this one to before you make yourself look ignorant again.
  • by OJ Location: Jail on Feb 23, 2010 at 08:03 AM
    OJ was found "not guilty" too!!! Need I say more. Those of you on here that agree with Leslie's actions, do you think that OJ should also sue the DA, police department and everyone else involved!
  • by Harriet Location: Greenville on Feb 23, 2010 at 06:10 AM
    As I already said, let's wait and see what happens with "this" case. Neo - don't assume anything about me.
  • by "Fishy's" friend Location: another pond on Feb 23, 2010 at 05:21 AM
    Neo!!! Calm down! When we read "Fishy's" blog there was no indication of any story! Sound to us like YOU'RE the one who watches too much television! "Fishy" asked a series of questions but didn't point fins like you do. You need to check your blood pressure! In fact, you sound "crabby"! LOL!!!
  • by xoxoxo Location: eastern NC on Feb 22, 2010 at 09:06 PM
    If these people were doctors, nurses, etc this would be called malpractice, negligence, etc and the reward being bantered about would be in the millions..perhaps that how this should be handled like a medical malpractice....
  • by info on Feb 22, 2010 at 07:38 PM
    whatever the case, she had the right to due process, which she did not get. establishing innocence or guilt might have been easier to do closer to the time period of the crime being committed. it works both ways--either an innocent person is spending time behind bars they dont deserve to be, or a criminal is getting extra time to think up a good defense! (and add a lawsuit for not getting a speedy trial!)
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Feb 22, 2010 at 04:33 PM
    "Something's Fishy!", you are right, but what is fishy is YOUR story. You watch too much TV. None of the things you mentioned have to apply. If they go through all the obvious things like those and nobody pops up, they go with the close family member or the hunch. They keep their jobs, both law enforcement and prosecutors, by arresting, convicting and imposing sentences on somebody for every crime that happens. If they don't arrest somebody, it is because they are afraid they can't make a case on SOMEBODY. Not necessarily the perp, but SOMEBODY. They like their jobs and want to keep them, so they approach each case wondering not who did it, but who can we "make a case on". If you are going to watch cop shows, stick with "The first 48" or whatever, at least it is close to realistic. "know this story", thank you, your post sounds logical to me. "Pete", I agree with the 20 times. Unfortunately there are alot of Nifongs out there.
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