Burden Of Proof Will Be Hard To Reach In Federal Lawsuit

By Kayla Moody

Published 07/08 2014 06:04PM

Updated 07/08 2014 06:08PM

A federal lawsuit accuses law enforcement of violating the rights of three teens during the 2012 murder investigation of an Evansville homeless man.

In June 2012 William Hurt, Deadra Hurt, and Andrea Hurt were among four teens arrested in connection with the slaying of Marcus Golike.

Harley Wade, the fourth teen arrested, is not listed as a plaintiff on the lawsuit. He's currently being held in the Vanderburgh County Jail on $70 thousand bond for an unrelated violent crime. Wade was reportedly living with the Hurts at the time of Golike's death.

The lawsuit accuses officers of intentionally framing William, Deadra and Andrea through coerced confessions and fabricated evidence. It also suggests Golike's death was not a murder at all, and instead, a suicide.

Longtime Evansville lawyer Mike Woods tells us it will be a tough case for the Hurts to prove.

"The mere fact that someone has criminal charges dismissed or even if they're found not guilty does not give them a cause of action against the police or prosecutor's office. They're going to have to show bad faith that the police were acting in a way to convict an innocent person. That's a tough burden," explained Woods. "The plaintiff's are going to have to show the defendants' state of mind, that at some point they realized that these people were innocent and they started manufacturing evidence."

The lawsuit names several Evansville Police officers, the City of Evansville, two Kentucky State Police officers and the Kentucky Medical Examiner.

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