Closing arguments in Earl Washington case
Closing arguments began today at 1pm in the civil case pressed by wrongly convicted Earl Washington, the man kept in jail 18 years for a murder he did not commit. Washington, who testified Monday about the terror of living on death row, is suing the estate of an investigator who allegedly pushed him into a false confession. As reported by Lisa Provence in today's edition of the Hook, the topic of false confessions may resonate locally, as the parents of some teens snared in the alleged Albemarle bomb plot– a plot with no evidence of either illegal weaponry bombs (unless daddy's lockup-up shotguns and a single festive smoke-bomb count)– believe their children were unfairly interrogated by Albemarle Police.
Washington's civil case opened on April 24 in U.S. District Court on Charlottesville's Vinegar Hill. He is suing the estate of now-deceased state police investigator Curtis Reese Wilmore. Washington's false confession, the plaintiff says, was the only evidence tying him to the brutal 1982 slaying of Rebecca Williams.
Thursday evening update: The jurors have gone home for the evening and will resume deliberations tomorrow.