The man whose case brought down the former Douglas County CSI director would receive $50,000 under a settlement agreement coming before the County Board next week.
Matthew Livers sued Douglas County after David Kofoed, the crime scene investigations unit chief from Omaha, was convicted of planting blood evidence.
Livers spent eight months in jail after he and a cousin were accused of murdering a Murdock, Neb., couple. Authorities later caught the real killers: two Wisconsin teenagers.
In the lawsuit, Livers and his cousin, Nicholas Sampson, say their arrests resulted from fabricated evidence, a coerced confession, conspiracy and the concealment of key information from their defense lawyers.
The proposed settlement also says Sheriff Tim Dunning must write an apology letter for aspects of the case that did not meet the Sheriff's Office standards.
In November, the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals dismissed Dunning as a defendant in the lawsuit.
Most recently, a federal judge merged Livers' case with a similar lawsuit from Sampson. But the settlement agreement before the county does not include Sampson.
The federal lawsuit against Kofoed, Cass County and various investigators continues.
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