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Del. man whose murder case was dropped sues police
By Randall Chase, Associated Press

A Wilmington man who faced first-degree murder charges before state prosecutors dropped the case is suing the city and its police department.

Medford Holmes claims in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that police violated his civil and constitutional rights in pressuring two witnesses to identify him as the gunman who shot a 35-year-old man in a wheelchair.

Prosecutors, relying on those witnesses, sought the death penalty against Holmes, whose first trial ended in a hung jury.

Before the case could be retried, one of the witnesses, a convicted felon wounded in the April 2011 shooting, recanted his earlier statement.

Prosecutors then dropped the charges against Holmes and charged the witness, Abdullah Talib-Din, with perjury.

Messages left with the attorney general's office and city law department were not immediately returned Tuesday.



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