Shaun Jenkins sues Boston police detectives for alleged misconduct that put him behind bars for nearly two decades

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By Tonya Alanez Globe Staff, Updated June 8, 2023, 11:16 p.m.

Shaun Jenkins (center) with the legal team on Sept. 24, 2021, the day he was released from prison. Also pictured: Rob Selevitch (the Innocence Program investigator, back row), Nicole Collins (IP legal fellow, left), and Lisa M. Kavanaugh (director, Innocence Program, right). Jenkins was convicted of murder in 2005.LISA M. KAVANAUGH

A man who spent nearly 19 years in prison for the murder of his cousin, a charge later dropped because of police and prosecutorial misconduct, on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against the Boston police detectives who allegedly paid key witnesses and buried evidence that could have exonerated him.

Shaun Jenkins, 45, was convicted in 2005 by a jury and sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of Stephen Jenkins in Dorchester, based on the false theory that the cousins had been fighting over drug turf and customers, according to the 45-page civil complaint filed in US District Court in Boston.

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