Louisville to pay $8.5 million to exonerated man

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by Associated Press/WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 5 at 8:30 PM

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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