Louisville to Pay $8.5 million to Exonerated Man

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A Kentucky man who spent about nine years in prison before being cleared in a deadly shooting and robbery, has settled a civil rights lawsuit with the city of Louisville for $8.5 million.

Edwin Arnell Chandler of Louisville had been convicted in the Sept. 28, 1993, shooting death of 25-year-old Brenda Whitfield during a robbery at a Chevron Food Mart where she worked. A judge exonerated Chandler in October 2009, after police and prosecutors determined that a fingerprint of another man serving time in prison for assault matched a fingerprint found at the scene.

Police say new technology allowed them to match the fingerprint of 48-year-old Percy Phillips to Whitfield's slaying.

Charges against Phillips are pending in Jefferson Circuit Court.


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