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Supreme Court decision re-ignites Stephanie Crowe civil case

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The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request to hear an appeal in the Stephanie Crowe murder case.

The families of three teenage boys wrongly accused of killing the 12-year-old filed a lawsuit nearly 12 years ago against the Oceanside and Escondido Police Department, accusing them of botching the investigation.

The U.S. Supreme Court decision now clears the way for a civil trial or settlement. The cities could also be on the hook for damages.

Stephanie Crowe was found stabbed to death in her bedroom in 1998. Her brother and two high school friends were interrogated, but none of the boys was provided an attorney.

A Superior Court judge later released the teens and questioned whether they were interrogated legally or coerced into confessions.

A year later blood evidence linked drug-addicted transient Richard Raymond Tuite to Crowe's murder. He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 14 years in state prison in 2004. 

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