Detroit is finalizing a $4 million settlement in a lawsuit brought by the family of a man who spent 17 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit, says the Detroit News. Family members of Eddie Joe Lloyd will receive $2.6 million, and lawyers in the case will receive $1.3 million in fees and about $100,000 to recover costs spent prosecuting the case, says a proposed settlement agreement filed last week in federal court in Detroit. As part of the settlement, the Detroit Police Department soon will begin videotaping interrogations of suspects who could face life imprisonment without parole.
Lloyd, who died in 2004, was a psychiatric patient in 1984 when he confessed to the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl — a crime DNA evidence later showed he did not commit. After his release from prison in 2002, Lloyd became a speaker for the Innocence Project, a Cardozo School of Law program that works to free the wrongly convicted.