- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A woman exonerated of a murder after serving eight years in prison has filed a lawsuit against a Kentucky State Police detective after she said he framed her.

In a lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court, Susan Jean King said that Detective Todd Harwood lied to a judge to get a warrant to search her house and then omitted key evidence, including ballistics results and the fact that she had only one leg, when he testified before the grand jury that indicted her for the 1998 slaying of Kyle “Deanie” Breeden, The Courier-Journal reported (https://cjky.it/1VGzHc0).

“I was set up - purposely wronged, and it didn’t get any more wrong than that. There has to be some consequences for that or they will keep on doing it,” King said.

Facing life in prison if convicted of murder, King pleaded guilty in 2008 to second-degree manslaughter in connection with Breeden’s death and accepted a 10-year sentence.

The Kentucky Innocence Project began investigating her case after concluding it would have been physically impossible for King, who only has one leg and weighed 97 pounds, to have thrown Breeden’s body off a bridge into the Kentucky River, where it was found.

Last year, the Kentucky Court of Appeals vacated her conviction after Richard Jarrell Jr. confessed to Breeden’s death.

In the suit, King said that Harwood and his supervisors ignored evidence that she was innocent and tried to suppress evidence of Jarrell’s guilt.

Harwood and the state police didn’t respond to requests for comment to the newspaper.


Information from: The Courier-Journal, https://www.courier-journal.com

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