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Judge Refuses to Dismiss Count in Culpeper Suit

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CULPEPER, Va. (AP) - A federal judge has rejected Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins' motion to dismiss one of the counts against him in a wrongful conviction lawsuit.

The count alleges that Jenkins suppressed favorable evidence during the 2000-2001 investigation of the 1996 slaying of 74-year-old Thelma D. Scroggins.

The Culpeper Star-Exponent reports that U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad cited an earlier ruling by U.S. District Judge James Turk that identified at least three instances of improper concealment of evidence by the investigators.

Turk overturned Michael Hash's conviction for the slaying in 2012, citing police and prosecutorial misconduct.

Hash then sued Jenkins, a former prosecutor and several others.

Hash was 15 at the time of Scroggins' death. He was convicted in 2001 and served 12 years of a life sentence.

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