Wrongfully Accused Murderer Sues Va. City for $200M

December 22, 2010

A man wrongfully accused in the murder of two women in a Staunton ice cream parlor in 1964 is suing the city for $200 million.

William Thomas was acquitted in the murder of Constance Hevener in 1968, but a murder indictment for Carolyn Hevener Perry's death remained in place until 2008. That's when a woman on her death bed confessed to the slayings and said the city's lead detective knew she shot both women and helped her hide the murder weapon.

Det. David Bocock died before the confession, and an investigation into the claims offered no answers.

Thomas filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Roanoke earlier this month. He claims the city failed to properly train and oversee Bocock and other employees.

City attorney Douglas Guynn did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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