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Lenell Geter, Black Engineers Sue For $8.2 Million

November 6, 1985 GMT

DALLAS (AP) _ Lenell Geter, who served 15 months in jail before his robbery conviction was overturned, and five other black engineers have filed an $8.2 million suit against prosecutors and police alleging malicious prosecution.

The plaintiffs contend they were improperly investigated or charged in a series of armed robberies in 1982.

The lawsuit, filed Monday, names Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade and some of his prosecutors, the cities of Greenville, Garland, Plano and Balch Springs, and members of their police departments.

″It doesn’t worry me. There’s not any basis for it,″ Wade said of the suit.

″We feel there have been no improprieties on our agency’s part,″ said Plano police Chief James McCarley.

Geter was convicted of robbing a fast-food restaurant in Balch Springs and served more than a year of a life sentence before his case received extensive media attention and was reopened in December 1983. Wade dropped the charge in March 1984.

Geter contended that authorities had conducted a shoddy investigation and arrested him because of racial prejudice.

Another defendant, Anthony Williams, was charged with robbing a 7-Eleven in Garland but was acquitted in November 1983.

The other plaintiffs are Richard McCants, Rodney McCullogh, Amos Norman and Goerge McCormick. They say they were investigated without probable cause by officials working on the cases involving Geter and Williams.

All worked for E-Systems, a defense contractor, in its Greenville plant.