Two Men Seek Justice After 25-Year Prison Sentence
Two black men served over half their lives in prison for a crime they didn't commit and now they want justice. Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee served 25 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of killing retired, white Iowa police captain, John Schweer, in Council Bluffs in 1977. They say they were framed by detectives and are asking a jury to award them more than $100 million. The men were freed in 2003 after the Iowa Supreme Court found prosecutors had committed misconduct. The men's attorneys said during opening statements Thursday in Des Moines that they will show two former Council Bluff detectives coerced car theft suspects into implicating Harrington and McGhee in Schweer's death. The Nebraska men are suing the detectives and the city.