The widow whose husband committed suicide after being accused by the Police of murdering a 14-year-old has been awarded $6 Million.
The widow, Rebecca Brown, on Tuesday was awarded $6 Million after her husband, Kevin Brown committed suicide after being accused of murdering 14-year-old Claire Hough which was later confirmed he didn’t.
The 66-year-old widow aim was to clear the name of her husband after the San Diego Police Department issued a press release days after he committed suicide in 2014 claiming he had killed a child in 1984.
A jury at the San Diego courthouse awarded her $6 million, including $3 million for “the loss of her husband’s companionship” and a now-retired SDPD detective Michael Lambert — who Rebecca alleged had misled a judge to secure a warrant to search her husband’s property — was ordered to personally pay her $50,000 in punitive damages.
Rebecca and her attorney wanted to limit the punitive damages to $1 if Lambert had apologized but he didn’t.
In her lawsuit, she alleged the department drove Kevin, who suffered from depression and anxiety, to suicide with their allegation that he killed a 14-year-old girl. This also damaged his reputation as a former forensic criminologist in the department and Lambert’s former colleague.
It all started when Kevin;s DNA was linked to a sensational cold case of a teen girl, Claire Hough, who was found at Torrey Pines State Beach brutally beaten, mutilated and strangled to death.
The original autopsy, according to records, found no semen in the vaginal swab taken from the victim and no signs of rape. The cross-contamination from lax lab practices, and the fact that lab employees used their own blood and semen for control testing, seemed to be the reasonable explanation. Brown’s defenders argued that sloppy crime lab conditions may have caused a mix-up.