Detective describes ‘ruse’ aimed at pressuring criminalist who later committed suicide

John Wilkens
February 11, 2020
San Diego Union Tribune

San Diego police detective Michael Lambert had a problem. DNA tests from a 30-year-old murder he was investigating pointed to two suspects. One was a convicted rapist. The other was a retired police criminalist named Kevin Brown.

But there was no evidence the two ever met, let alone acted in concert to mutilate and murder 14-year-old Claire Hough on Torrey Pines State Beach in the August 1984.

He eventually concocted a connection, the detective testified Monday in San Diego federal court, where he is being sued by Brown’s widow. Brown, 62, killed himself while he was under investigation for the murder, and the lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for wrongful death and civil-rights violations.

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