Settlement Reached In Lawsuits From Murdock Murder Investigation

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

An attorney for one of two men falsely accused of killing a Murdock, Nebraska couple in 2006 says a settlement has been reached in lawsuits against Nebraska law enforcement officials.

Maren Chaloupka told The Associated Press on Saturday that the settlements were reached Friday night in the two lawsuits filed by Matthew Livers and Nicholas Sampson. Chaloupka, Sampson's attorney, says Sampson will get $965,000 with $515,000 coming from the Cass County Sheriff's Department. The Nebraska State Patrol will pay $375,000 and Douglas County will pay $75,000.

Chaloupka referred questions about Livers' settlement to his attorney, Bob Mullin, who could not be reached for comment.

Livers and Sampson spent months in jail, accused in the deaths of Wayne and Sharmon Stock. A Wisconsin pair were eventually convicted of the crime.

While the lawsuits have been settled, a former Douglas County crime scene investigator still faces claims. Lawsuits by Livers and Sampson are pending against former CSI Director David Kofoed, who served time in prison for witness tampering in the case.

Kofoed was investigating the deaths of the Stocks when he said he found a speck of a victim's blood in a car that linked to Livers and Sampson. Prosecutors said Kofoed faked a positive test to bolster a case against the two men, who were later exonerated. Kofoed could not be reached for comment.

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