October 2, 2022

Jury Awards Wrongfully Convicted North Carolina Man $6 Million

On Wednesday, a North Carolina man who spent greater than 20 years in jail on a wrongful homicide conviction was awarded $6 million in damages by a federal jury. 

Darryl Howard, 58, spent 23 years of his 80-year sentence in jail earlier than his conviction was put aside on August 31, 2016. The Related Press stories {that a} Durham County choose acknowledged there was police and prosecutorial misconduct. 

Now, a Winston-Salem jury discovered former detective Darryl Dowdy made up proof and did not correctly examine the 1991 homicide of Doris Washington and her 13-year-old daughter, which led to Howard’s conviction. Howard filed a civil go well with in 2017 in opposition to Dowdy, the town of Durham, and others. Over time, the lawsuit was narrowed down to only Dowdy. He denied any wrongdoing. 

“I’m happy about the verdict,” Howard stated of the award. “But I’m just kind of upset about the damages. 23 years of my life… but I’m happy about the verdict.”

Howard advised The Information & Observer that the 23 years he spent in jail have been tough and that $6 million doesn’t make up for that. Howard and his authorized group have been hoping for one thing a lot nearer to the $48 million they have been asking for. 

“I think the verdict doesn’t value the suffering that Darryl went through,” stated Howard’s lawyer, Nick Brustin

Dowdy’s lawyer, Nick Ellis, says they settle for the jury’s determination however not the conclusion. Ellis believes the jury ought to have awarded not more than $500,000, bearing in mind Howard’s historical past of drug dependancy, drug dealing, and having been shot round ten instances in 5 totally different incidents.