(Duke Chronicle) Former Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong, prosecutor in the Duke lacrosse case, has been accused of misconduct again in the case of a 1995 double homicide.
WRAL reported that in 1995—while Nifong was district attorney—Darryl Anthony Howard was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder for the 1991 deaths of Doris Washington and her 13-year-old daughter, Nishonda Washington. Howard was sentenced to 80 years in prison.
In May 2014, Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson ordered a new trial for the case. Hudson ruled that Nifong and a police detective who worked on the case withheld evidence suggesting that Doris Washington was raped and murdered by the New York gang for which she dealt drugs. This evidence—along with the fact that the DNA in this case implicated another man—could have proven Howard’s innocence.
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