Kansas to pay $826K to man's estate over wrongful conviction
June 3, 2021
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday ordered Kansas to pay more than $826,000 to the estate of a man who died in February following his release from prison after serving more than 12 years over a wrongful murder conviction.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced the resolution of a lawsuit filed in November by Olin "Pete" Coones only days after a Wyandotte County judge threw out his 2009 conviction for first-degree murder. The order to pay Coones' estate came from Shawnee County District Judge Teresa Watson, but Gov. Laura Kelly and legislative leaders must review it.