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Jul 9, 5:56 AM EDT

Springfield man files suit seeking financial compensation from state for wrongful conviction


BOSTON (AP) -- A Springfield man wrongfully convicted of a 2008 killing and who spent three years behind bars before being acquitted at his second trial has filed a lawsuit seeking compensation from the state.

Lawyers for Charles Wilhite said Tuesday the suit was filed in Suffolk Superior Court.

The lawyer tells The Republican newspaper ( http://bit.ly/1rR7WDg ) that under state law, people erroneously convicted of a felony can seek compensation from the state up to $500,000.

Wilhite has previously filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and two police officers.

Wilhite was convicted in the 2008 shooting of Alberto Rodriguez. He was acquitted at his second trial last year after two witnesses recanted their testimony. Wilhite's lawyers allege police fabricated evidence and coerced witnesses.

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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/

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