John Grega appears in Windham District Court in Brattleboro, Vt., Thursday, July 26, 2012, for a status hearing. (Zachary P. Stephens/Reformer)
John Grega appears in Windham District Court in Brattleboro, Vt., Thursday, July 26, 2012, for a status hearing. (Zachary P. Stephens/Reformer)

MONTPELIER (AP) - A Long Island man who spent nearly 18 years in prison before his conviction for killing his wife in 1994 was overturned by new DNA evidence has filed state and federal lawsuits against the Vermont police and prosecutors who built the case.

Attorneys for John Grega filed the lawsuits last month claiming his 1995 conviction was based on flawed police work and unconstitutional actions by investigators.

Grega's wife, Christine, was found dead in a Dover condominium where they were vacationing in 1994. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled.

Grega's life-without-parole sentence was overturned and he was released two years ago after unknown DNA was found in his wife's body.

Former prosecutor Dan Davis says he hasn't reviewed the lawsuit, but he believes the jury returned the correct verdict.


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