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Milwaukee to pay $6.5M to man wrongly convicted of murder Submitted: 03/31/2015
MILWAUKEE - The City of Milwaukee is proposing paying $6.5 million to a man wrongly convicted of a 1995 murder.

The city attorney on Tuesday filed a proposed settlement to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Chaunte Ott. Ott spent 13 years in prison before DNA linked the case to a convicted serial killer.

In a statement, the city says lawsuits based on events that happened nearly two decades ago "present hurdles that make defending such cases exceptionally difficult."

Ott filed his lawsuit after his release in 2009. He claimed that Milwaukee police detectives pressured witnesses into testifying falsely that they had been with Ott during the murder of 16-year-old runaway Jessica Payne.

Ott's attorney says that his client appreciates "the City's agreement to provide fair compensation."

Story By: Associated Press

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