Man Cleared in Deadly Shooting Settles Civil Rights Lawsuit

Oct 5, 2012

A Kentucky man who spent about nine years in prison before being cleared in a deadly shooting and robbery has settled a civil rights lawsuit with the city of Louisville for $8.5 million. Edwin Arnell Chandler of Louisville had been convicted in the September 28, 1993 shooting death of 25-year-old Brenda Whitfield during a robbery at a Chevron Food Mart.

A judge had exonerated Chandler in October of 2009 after police and prosecutors determined that a fingerprint of another man serving time in prison for assault matched a fingerprint found at the scene. Police say new technology allowed them to match the fingerprint of 48 -year-old Percy Phillips to Whitfield's slaying. Charges against Percy Phillips are pending in Jefferson Circuit Court.