High court won’t hear suit alleging coerced confessions

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A lawsuit involving three teenagers who accuse Evansville police of violating their constitutional rights is headed to trial after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

The high court refused Monday to review a January ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which found enough evidence to warrant a civil trial in the suit filed on behalf of William, Deadra and Andrea Hurt and their mother.

The city of Evansville and other defendants had asked the justices to review that ruling.

The teens’ lawsuit alleges Evansville police threatened them and fed them facts to coerce confessions in the 2012 killing of 54-year-old Marcus Golike.

Attorney Theresa Kleinhaus says the plaintiffs are pleased. Their suit is set for a September 2019 trial.

The defendants’ attorney declined comment.

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