Cleveland ordered to pay $13.2M in wrongful conviction suit


CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge has ruled Cleveland must pay a $13.2 million judgment against a former police officer who a jury said helped frame a man who spent 11 years behind bars for a murder he said he didn’t commit.

A jury in 2013 found detectives Denise Kovach and Michael Cipo liable for the wrongful murder conviction of former Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority security officer David Ayers.

Cipo has since died. Ayers is seeking to collect a judgment against Kovach. reports the judge on Wednesday said municipalities in most cases must cover damages incurred by workers on the job. Plaintiffs can ask municipalities to pay the judgment.

The judge also ordered the city to pay statutory interest that has accrued.

A city spokesman says Cleveland is considering its options. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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