Wrongly convicted man takes on Putnam County detective

A man wrongly convicted of murder is now taking on the Putnam County detective who he says forced him to confess to a crime he didn't commit in 1989. Jeffrey Deskovic was just 16 years old when he

News 12 Staff

Oct 15, 2014, 1:06 AM

Updated 3,540 days ago

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A man wrongly convicted of murder is now taking on the Putnam County detective who he says forced him to confess to a crime he didn't commit in 1989.
Jeffrey Deskovic was just 16 years old when he was charged with the murder of Peekskill High School student Andrea Correa.
He served 16 years in prison for the crime until DNA linked another man, Steven Cunningham, to the murder.
Deskovic was freed, but he says Putnam County Detective Daniel Stephens forced him to lie about his confession that essentially led to his conviction.
Eight jury members were chosen in the case Tuesday at the Federal Courthouse in White Plains. There was some concern from the prosecution about one juror saying that she was not able to understand instructions, but Judge Kenneth Karas dismissed those concerns.
Opening statements in the case are expected to begin Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.
Deskovic has already received more than $13 million in compensation.
 


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