'Quadruple murder' suspect Curtis Flowers files a lawsuit against the district attorney who tried him six times.
For the 1996 murders of four individuals inside a furniture business in Mississippi, an unjustly imprisoned Mississippi man has filed a lawsuit against the district attorney who put him on trial six times for the crime.
According to the U.S. Supreme Court, the prosecution deliberately excluded Black people from the jury pool during Curtis Flowers' 2010 trial. FLOWERS accuses Montgomery County District Attorney Doug Evans of prosecutorial misconduct in a lawsuit filed on Friday with U.S district court for the northern district in Mississippi's Greenville division
The action also names three other investigators who worked with Evans.
Attorney Rob McDuff of the Mississippi Center For Justice said in a statement that Curtis Flowers should not have been charged in the first place
There was no doubt that the murders were committed by professional criminals." A 26-year-old man named Curtis Flowers had no criminal record and nothing in his past indicated that he may commit such a crime. A racial bias and recurrent misbehavior marred the prosecution from the start.
If you've done something wrong, McDuff said, "this lawsuit wants accountability for it."
There was gunfire inside the Tardy Furniture store in Winona on July 16, 1996. Robert Golden, 42, Carmen Rigby, 45 and Derrick Stewart, 16, were discovered shot in the head.
All three of the victims died at the spot. Stewart passed away about a week later.
About two weeks before to the gory incident, Curtis, a 50-year-old Winona resident, worked at the Winona shop.
But three years later, the Mississippi Supreme Court invalidated Flowers' conviction for prosecutorial misconduct, and his death sentence was lifted. In a similar vein, his case dragged on for more than a decade, until the Supreme Court stepped in three years ago.
There was minimal evidence in the case, according to authorities, and no apparent motive was discovered during the investigation. Although Flowers was the only person charged, some experts said there was evidence that more than one individual was engaged in the crime.
There are allegations in the lawsuit that Evans and detectives acted improperly by "pressuring witnesses to manufacture assertions that Mr. Flowers was seen in particular locations" and by "ignorantly pursuing other probable suspects."
In Winona, Interstate 55, the state's principal north-south artery, intersects with US Highway 82, an east-west highway. It's about a 30-minute drive from the Mississippi Delta's flatlands. Nearly half (54%) of the city's 4,300 population are Black, while the other 41% are white