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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A man whose attorney says he was wrongly imprisoned for crimes he did not commit is suing police and sheriff’s deputies involved in the investigation.

William Anderson of Campbell County, TN, age 37, was acquitted of a murder charge. Monday he announced his intent to file a lawsuit against the Kentucky State Police and the Knox County Sheriff’s Department.

Anderson’s attorney, Elliot Slosar, claims that the investigating officers coerced witnesses, fabricated statements, falsified medical records, and destroyed evidence. They are releasing audio from Anderson’s interrogation in which an officer can be heard screaming obscenities at the plaintiff.

Anderson was incarcerated for almost five years.

This is the second federal lawsuit in as many months filed against the majority of the defendants in this case.

“Mr. Anderson was framed for a murder that he did not commit by officers from the Kentucky State Police and Knox County Sheriff’s Department, who fabricated evidence and coerced witnesses,” said Slosar. “It took nearly five years to unravel the police fraud in a case where Mr. Anderson should never have been arrested in the first place.”