- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A Tulsa woman who was cleared in the killing of her infant son after serving nearly 20 years in prison is suing those associated with her prosecution.

Michelle Murphy, 37, filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court, claiming prosecutors, police and the city of Tulsa committed wrongful acts during her prosecution and attempts to fight her conviction. The complaint accuses law enforcement officers, forensic analysts and their supervisors of “egregious misconduct” in the “wrongful arrest, detention, prosecution, conviction, and imprisonment” of Murphy.

Named as defendants in the lawsuit are former Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris, five Tulsa Police officers who investigated Murphy’s case, four members of the Tulsa Police crime lab, two people identified as state Department of Human Services employees, two Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation employees and the city of Tulsa.

Murphy was convicted of murder in the 1994 slaying of her 3-month-old son, Travis Wood, the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/1ih87Fs ) reported. Charges against Murphy were dropped and the case was dismissed in 2014 based on newly uncovered DNA evidence.

Although the lawsuit doesn’t request a specific amount for damages, it references another case in which the city of Tulsa agreed to pay $12.25 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who was wrongfully convicted of raping and kidnapping a woman.

“Beyond compensating Ms. Murphy for the nearly 20 years stolen from her . this action seeks to redress the unlawful municipal policies and practices pursuant to which defendants . violated Ms. Murphy’s clearly established rights,” the complaint states.

City officials declined to comment on the lawsuit, and Harris couldn’t be reached for comment.


Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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