Kevin C. Siehl, a Johnstown man who gained his launch from a life sentence — after a decide discovered the proof used to convict him of murdering his spouse in 1992 was tainted — has died, however his lawsuit in opposition to the prosecutors and police who introduced the costs in opposition to him will proceed.
“This case will proceed,” stated Siehl’s Philadelphia lawyer, Jonathan H. Feinberg, who filed a civil rights lawsuit in U.S. District Court docket, Johnstown, on Siehl’s behalf 4 years in the past.
“Mr. Siehl’s son, Kevin C.Siehl II (of Windber), is pursuing the case on behalf of his father’s property, and Mr. Siehl’s whole household intends to completely pursue the accountability for which Mr. Siehl fought so lengthy,” said Feinberg on Thursday.
Feinberg’s assertion got here simply days after U.S. Justice of the Peace Choose Lisa Pupo Lenihan, who was assigned the case by U.S. District Choose Kim R. Gibson, granted a request permitting the son, as administrator of Siehl’s property, to change into the plaintiff within the lawsuit.
Below federal legislation, Feinberg argued,“the courtroom might order the substitution of the deceased get together’s successor or consultant.”
No trial date has been set.
Siehl, who was 66 when he died in March, was arrested for the homicide of his estranged spouse, Christine.
Though Christine Siehl and her husband have been separated, they nonetheless went on a date on the night of July 13, 1991.
Kevin Siehl stated he took his spouse to her condo after their date after which went to his mother and father’ dwelling for the night time.
Christine Siehl’s physique was present in her bathe the subsequent day after tenants complained that water was coming from her condo.
She had been stabbed about 20 instances.
Kevin Siehl denied involvement within the homicide and maintained that he was at his mother and father’ dwelling on the time of his spouse’s dying.
The investigation into the dying was led by Johnstown cops Angelo Cancellieri and Lawrenace Wagner. They have been assisted by state police personnel Merrill Brant and Scott Ermlick.
Police concluded that Siehl had killed his spouse, and the case was prosecuted by Cambria County District Lawyer David Tulowitzki, who’s now a typical pleas courtroom decide, and Assistant District Lawyer David Lovette.
These six people are named because the defendants within the lawsuit.
After his conviction and life-without-parole sentence have been imposed, Siehl filed repeated appeals.
With the help of the Innocence Venture, Siehl was capable of efficiently problem the proof that was used to convict him.
Senior Choose David Grine of Centre County in 2016 vacated Siehl’s conviction and life sentence.
The Pennsylvania lawyer common determined to not retry Siehl.
The lawsuit contends that a number of the proof and police experiences used to convict Siehl have been fabricated and that exculpatory proof was withheld.
The defendants have challenged these conclusions.
The civil lawsuit has been continuing slowly via the federal courtroom for greater than 4 years.
A trial has been delayed as insurance coverage firms battle amongst themselves as to which can find yourself paying if the Siehl property is entitled to damages.
An try to resolve the case via mediation failed final September.
Final yr, Johnstown police obtained a phone tip that somebody aside from Kevin Siehl might have killed Christine.
Cambria County authorities requested Blair County District Lawyer Pete Weeks to assign an investigator to look into the tip.
Weeks, who stated Thursday he was comfortable to cooperate with Cambria officers, had a detective from his workplace interview people talked about within the tip.
“That didn’t actually flip up something of substance,” he stated Thursday.
The Siehl lawsuit contends that his 25 years behind bars resulted in his poor well being.
He emerged from jail with “extreme coronary heart issues,” allegedly resulting from delayed medical therapy, and he had imaginative and prescient issues stemming from a head-butt from one other inmate.
Siehl is survived by a son and a daughter, two grandchildren, two great-granddaughters and a brother.