A black Mississippi man freed after nearly 23 years behind bars filed a lawsuit Friday against the white district attorney who tried him six times for the same 1996 quadruple murder.
Curtis Flowers was released from prison in 2019 after the US Supreme Court overturned the conviction and death sentence from his sixth trial connected to the shooting at a furniture store that left four people dead.
“Curtis Flowers never should have been charged,” his attorney said in a statement Friday.
Flowers is suing Montgomery County District Attorney Doug Evans and three other investigators for what the high court said was an unconstitutional pattern of excluding black jurors in Flowers’ trials.
The suit alleges the prosecutors pressured witnesses “to fabricate claims about seeing Mr. Flowers in particular locations on the day of the murders,” while ignoring other suspects.
“The prosecution was tainted throughout by racial discrimination and repeated misconduct,” Rob McDuff of the Mississippi Center for Justice