Nicholas McGuffin files federal civil rights lawsuit

Nicholas McGuffin was found guilty of killing Leah Freeman in 2011, and was released from prison at the end of last year.

Posted: Jul 20, 2020 3:59 PM
Updated: Jul 21, 2020 7:40 AM

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.

RELATED: NICHOLAS MCGUFFIN RELEASED FROM PRISON

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.

MORE: COQUILLE RESIDENTS REACT TO OVERTURNED MANSLAUGHTER CONVICTION

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.

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