MAN FALSELY IMPRISONED FOR 27 YEARS SETTLES FOR $16.65 MILLION

Donald Gates

 

A man who was wrongfully imprisoned for over 27 years for the murder of a college student settled a lawsuit against the District of Columbia for $16.65 million. Donald Eugene Gates (64), was convicted for the rape and murder of a college student in 1981. The agreement was reached after a jury determined that he had been framed by two D.C. Detectives and that his alleged confession made to Gerald Mack Smith, an unreliable informant, was fabricated. It was also determined that bogus hair analysis from the since-discredited FBI analyst Michael P. Malone, had been presented to the original criminal jury. The hairs had been found on the body of the victim, Catherine Schilling (21), who had been shot five times, and found nude in Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C.  Semen was also found on her body and preserved. DNA evidence, tested in 2009, later cleared Gates. The case had been mainly handled by detectives Ronald S Taylor and Norman Brooks.

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