Madison
64° F
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Advertisement

Board Grants Man $25,000 In Wrongful Conviction

Published On: May 18 2010 10:42:13 AM CDT
Updated On: May 18 2010 10:45:36 AM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

The state Claims Board has awarded $25,000 to an Oak Creek man who served 13 years in prison after he was wrongly convicted in a runaway's death.

Chaunte Ott was convicted in 1995 in the death of 16-year-old Jessica Payne. He was freed in January 2009 after analysts found DNA on Payne from someone other than Ott. Last September, investigators announced they had matched the sample along with DNA from eight other homicides to Walter Ellis.

Ellis has been charged with seven of those homicides, although he hasn't been charged in Payne's death.

The Claims Board on Friday decided no physical evidence links Ott to Payne's death and two of the witnesses in his case recanted their testimony. The $25,000 is the maximum award for a wrongful conviction under state law.

Advertisement
  • Lindsay Lohan in court new

    David McNew/Reuters

    Worst celebrity drivers

    NBA star Dwight Howard's Florida driver's license has been suspended after he failed to pay a ticket for running a red light, Reuters reported. In turns out Howard was ticketed an astonishing 10 times for running red lights in the Orlando area, and received four speeding tickets, 12 citations for failing to pay highway tolls and one citation for failing to change his address on his driver's license. Take a look at the worst celebrity drivers.

  • California fires night firefighters

    Noah Berger/Reuters

    Wildfires rage out of control in California

    Hundreds of homes have been destroyed by wildfires raging out of control in drought-stricken California. Thousands more are threatened.

  • Scotland independence crowd

    REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

    Celebs react to Scotland's independence vote

    Scots head to the polls today to vote on the future of their country. The outcome could end Scotland's 307-year union with England and Wales as Great Britain -- and see it launch into the world as an independent nation of some 5.3 million people. Take a look at celebrity (both Scottish and not) reactions to the referendum.

Advertisement