A St. Louis man who was jailed for 11 years before his murder conviction was overturned, the city and the detective in charge of the case say the conviction for a crime he didn't commit violated his constitutional rights. is suing.
Lamont D. Campbell's lawsuit alleges a bungled investigation led to his years in prison. In his lawsuit, filed Monday, he seeks unspecified damages, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Campbell was jailed after killing 29-year-old Renee J. Gregory III in 2011. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in 2017.
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In 2022, a judge overturned the conviction, ruling that Campbell's lawyers did not do enough to fight a weak case or investigate another suspect. The judge also ruled that investigators failed to disclose a romantic relationship between the lead homicide detective and a key reference.
In January, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office formally dismissed the charges against Campbell, and Campbell was released.
Campbell's lawsuit alleges that police ignored incomplete witness identification information and evidence pointing to another man whose fingerprints were found on the passenger side window of the SUV where Gregory was shot. The complaint also says Campbell had a “solid and verifiable alibi” for the night of the shooting.
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A city spokesperson declined to comment on the lawsuit.