UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who spent nearly 25 years in prison before his double murder conviction was overturned has filed suit in federal court alleging violations of his constitutional right to a fair trial.
The lawsuit by 61-year-old David Munchinski names three former prosecutors, two of whom are now judges, as well as the estate of a former state trooper and the commonwealth.
Munchinski was convicted in Fayette County in 1986 in the December 1977 shooting deaths of Raymond Gierke and James Peter Alford at a cabin in Bear Rocks.
A federal appeals court upheld dismissal of the charges, calling the convictions "badly tainted and highly suspect."
Munchinski's attorney, Noah Geary, said he hoped for a settlement with the state, but if not "it would be up to a federal jury."