DENVER (AP) -- A man is suing Denver Police after he was wrongly jailed for two months in a sexual assault case because of a DNA mistake.
Twenty-six-year-old Shawnnon Hale said in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that crime lab technicians violated his rights when they improperly identified his DNA as being tied to a July 2014 rape. Prosecutors dismissed charges against Hale after a later test found his DNA was at the scene but not linked the crime.
The lawsuit says Hale was jailed for 61 days as a result of the faulty evidence. Denver Police did not immediately return requests for comment.
Hale claims at least one of the lab technicians switched DNA taken from a cigarette Hale had smoked with that taken from a man who had sex with the victim. He seeks damages and a written apology.