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Ayer to pay $3.4m for unjust conviction

DNA test freed man after 18 years in jail

Kenneth Waters, who died in 2001, served 18 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. His sister, Betty Ann Waters (right), earned a law degree and fought for his release. Kenneth Waters, who died in 2001, served 18 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. His sister, Betty Ann Waters (right), earned a law degree and fought for his release. (Steven Senne/ Associated Press/ File/ 2001)
By Jonathan Saltzman
Globe Staff / July 15, 2009

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The town of Ayer and five of its insurers have agreed to pay $3.4 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed by the estate of the late Kenneth Waters, who spent more than 18 years in prison for a murder he did not commit before his sister earned a law degree and helped free him through DNA evidence. (Full article: 965 words)

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