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Suit over mistaken arrest in Pa. murder dismissed

September 19, 2013
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a southeastern Pennsylvania man jailed for 10 months after he was wrongfully accused in the murder of a pastor's son.

Twenty-three-year-old Tahmir Craig of Chester filed the civil rights suit against Delaware County, the city of Chester, and detectives involved in the investigation.

Two witnesses identified Craig as the shooter in the May 2012 murder of 27-year-old Devon Williams, but the charges were dismissed in March with apologies from prosecutors.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Savage on Tuesday ruled that investigators had sufficient evidence to arrest Craig.

Craig's attorney, Joseph Oxman, told The Philadelphia Inquirer ( ) that an appeal was unlikely.

District Attorney Jack Whelan said Wednesday his department acted in good faith and with probable cause.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer,



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