High's 1967 Murder Suspect Sues City of Staunton

By: Yuna Lee Email
By: Yuna Lee Email

The man wrongfully accused in the murder of two women at High's Ice Cream Store in Staunton in 1967 is suing the city for $200 million.

William Thomas was acquitted in the murder of Constance Hevener in 1968, but a murder indictment for Carolyn Hevener Perry's death remained in place until 2008.

In 2008, a woman on her death bed confessed to killing the two women and said the city's lead detective at the time knew she shot both women and then helped her hide the murder weapon.

That detective died before the confession and an investigation into the claims offered no answers.

The Associated Press reports Thomas claims the city failed to properly train and oversee the detective and other employees.

Information from the Associated Press included in this report.

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