A Philadelphia man, Walter Ogrod, who spent nearly three decades on death row for a murder he claims he didn’t commit, has secured a $9.1 million wrongful conviction settlement with the city.
Ogrod was arrested and sentenced to death for the 1988 murder of 4-year-old Barbara Jean Horn, whose body was found in a television box outside her home.
However, subsequent DNA evidence did not link him to the crime scene. After two trials and 28 years in prison, a Common Pleas judge overturned his conviction three years ago, citing coerced confession. Horn’s murder remains unsolved. Ogrod’s lawyers will discuss the settlement in a press conference.