Over the weekend, Kennedy Brewer and Levon Brooks filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Steven Hayne and Michael West. This part of the story is interesting:
The lawsuits filed in February represent only one side of the legal argument. Plaintiffs’ attorney Rob McDuff of Jackson said Friday he’s still waiting for a response from West.
“It took a while to serve them with the papers because it was hard to track down West,” McDuff said.
Attorney Robin Roberts of Hattiesburg, who has represented West in other cases, said he had not seen West, whose dentist office is now closed, in at least a year.
In cases just two years apart, Brooks and Brewer were each convicted of raping and murdering the young daughters of their girlfriends, almost entirely due to the bite mark testimony Hayne and West gave at trial.
Between them, the two men served more than 30 years in prison. Brewer spent most of his time on death row. Both were released last year after a check of the state’s DNA database matched a man named Justin Albert Johnson. Johnson then confessed to both crimes.
Archive of my prior reporting on Hayne and West here.