Jury: $6M to Widow Whose Spouse Killed Self in 1984 Murder Probe

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By Associated Press and NBC 7 Staff
February 15, 2020

The lawsuit alleged Lambert ignored a likely explanation for the test results, which was accidental contamination.

The widow of a retired police criminalist who killed himself while under investigation in the slaying of a 14-year-old girl in 1984 was awarded $6 million by a federal jury in San Diego, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Friday.

Rebecca Brown filed a civil-rights and wrongful-death lawsuit against a San Diego police detective after her husband, Kevin Brown, 62, took his own life in October 2014.

Jurors on Friday found the detective, Michael Lambert, responsible for “judicial deception” and “deliberate indifference” during a cold-case investigation into the 1984 slaying of Claire Hough.