A federal jury in Dallas, Texas has awarded Hephzibah Olivia Lord, 36, $800,000 after she was wrongfully incarcerated for the murder of her boyfriend. The jury determined that detective Dwayne Thompson showed “reckless disregard” for the civil rights of Lord. She was arrested in 2010 after her boyfriend, Michael Burnside, 30, was shot and killed. It was later determined that Burnside had shot himself after drinking heavily and arguing with Lord. Thompson argued to the jury that he acted on all information that was available to him during his investigation, but the jury disagreed. Lord spent 9 days in jail until a grand jury declined to indict her.
Jury Awards Woman Wrongfully Imprisoned $800,000Posted: February 2, 2014 in Constitutional Rights, Justice, News, Police Who Don't Protect and Serve
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