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Wrongly convicted man sues Goldsboro, police

Posted October 28, 2010 12:53 p.m. EDT

— A man who spent 18 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit has filed suit against Goldsboro and several current and former members of its police force.

Dwayne Dail was convicted of raping a 12-year-old girl in 1987. DNA evidence cleared him of the crime in 2007, and another man was convicted in April and sentenced to life in prison for the crime.

Dail recently filed a federal lawsuit against Goldsboro, the city's current and two former police chiefs and several officers who worked on his case. He alleges they were negligent in their investigation, leading to his false imprisonment.

The state has paid Dail more than $350,000 in compensation for his wrongful incarceration.