COQUILLE, Ore. – A man whose manslaughter conviction was overturned has now filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against police.
In 2011, Nicholas McGuffin was found guilty of killing 15-year-old Leah Freeman, a verdict that was overturned because the Oregon State Police crime lab failed to disclose it had found another man’s DNA on the victim’s shoe.
The lawsuit names Coquille, Coos County, and Oregon State Police law enforcement officials.
McGuffin alleges authorities manufactured and hid evidence in their case against him.
Freeman, who was his girlfriend at the time, vanished on June 28, 2000, after leaving a friend’s house. Her body was found months later in the woods outside of town.