Default Judgment Entered against former Criminalist
OMAHA (AP) - A federal judge has entered a default judgment against former Douglas County crime scene investigator David Kofoed in two wrongful prosecution lawsuits. Matthew Livers and Nicholas Sampson sued several Nebraska law enforcement agencies and officials, including Kofoed, who spend two years in prison for evidence tampering in the case. Prosecutors said Kofoed planted blood evidence in a car to bolster a case against Livers and Sampson, who were later exonerated. The other defendants agreed to pay a total of $2.6 million to the men to settle the suits. U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon noted in his order Tuesday that Kofoed did not answer the lawsuits' complaints or appear for hearings or trial. A judgment on damages against Kofoed will be determined later.