Ledura Watkins was released in June after prosecutors said hair evidence in the 1970s was flawed based on current FBI standards. He filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking $168 million, including $2 million for each of his nearly 42 years behind bars.
Watkins was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1975 shooting death of a teacher during a robbery. The 61-year-old Watkins is suing police and a prosecutor who worked the case decades ago.
Police lab analysts tied him to the crime based on a single hair found at the scene. Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School said it was a “subjective opinion.”