February 17, 2013
CULPEPER, Va. (AP) - Two defendants in a wrongful conviction lawsuit in Culpeper County are denying claims of police misconduct.
Former Culpeper Sheriff's Office chief jailer Mary Peters Dwyer and investigative supervisor Calvin Bruce Cave both say they didn't know about or engage in any misconduct during the investigation and prosecution of Michael Hash.
Hash sued Dwyer, Cave and several others in late December. The lawsuit claims they engaged in an effort to convict Hash even though there wasn't any credible evidence against him.
Hash was convicted in 2001 for the 1996 slaying of 74-year-old Thelma D. Scroggins. He served 12 years of a life sentence before a federal judge overturned his conviction in February 2012.
The Culpeper Star-Exponent reports that Dwyer and Cave filed responses to the lawsuit last week.