A man who spent half his life in prison for a rape he didn't commit is suing a North Carolina city and its police, alleging negligence that kept him locked up for more than 18 years.
Multiple media organizations reported Friday that Dwayne Dail's federal lawsuit names Goldsboro, three current and former police chiefs, and several officers who worked on the case that led to his false imprisonment.
Dail was convicted in 1987 of raping a 12-year-old girl. DNA evidence cleared him of the crime in 2007. Another man was convicted in April and sentenced to life in prison.
Dail's lawsuit contends attorneys asked in 1995 that evidence in the rape case be DNA tested. Dail's attorney was told the evidence had been destroyed. Instead, it had been stored by Goldsboro police.
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