One of two men who sued Douglas County after being wrongly accused in a 2006 double murder would get $75,000 under a settlement the County Board will consider Tuesday.
Nicholas Sampson and his cousin Matthew Livers filed the lawsuit after former Douglas County CSI director David Kofoed was convicted of planting evidence while investigating the murders of Sharmon and Wayne Stock in Cass County.
The County Board approved a $50,000 settlement for Livers in March.
The initial complaint, filed in 2007, says Sampson was jailed for five months on capital murder charges after investigators coerced a confession from Livers, a mentally impaired relative of the Stocks, then hid evidence from defense attorneys.
Two teenagers from Wisconsin ultimately were convicted of the crime.
Even after prosecutors dropped the charges, the complaint says, Sampson “weathered the ... hatred of neighbors who believe that 'where there was smoke, there must have been fire.'”