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Man wrongly convicted of murder sues city, police


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Another man wrongly imprisoned for a killing a Milwaukee woman whose homicide was later linked to a serial killer is suing the City of Milwaukee and police.

William Avery was released from prison last year after DNA from the murder of Maryetta Griffin was connected to Walter Ellis, who later was convicted of strangling seven women over two decades.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday, Avery and his five adult children contend Milwaukee detectives made up incriminating statement they attributed to Avery, then got other inmates to corroborate Griffin's false confession.

Chaunte Ott filed a similar lawsuit in 2009 after he spent 13 years in prison for killing a 16-year-old runaway whose DNA was later linked to Ellis.

City Attorney Grant Langley tells The Associated Press he has not yet seen the lawsuit and has no comment. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

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