Man Paid $2 Million for Wrongful Conviction

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A $2 million settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by a Lansing man who was wrongfully convicted of murder.

Tuesday's settlement ends 2 1/2 years of litigation centered on whether Lansing Community College police Det. Rodney Bahl hid evidence of McCollum's innocence.

McCollum tells the Lansing State Journal he just wants to "start the next chapter" of his life. Hugh Clarke Jr., one of three attorneys representing McCollum, said he hopes the settlement prevents future injustice.

McCollum was charged in the 2005 murder of Carolyn Kronenberg, a Lansing Community College professor. The 32-year-old McCollum spent 18 months in prison before his conviction was overturned and he was released.

Bahl led the investigation. His lawyer, Michael Bogren, declined comment.


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