A Louisiana judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a man who says he was wrongfully convicted of second-degree murder and has filed a civil lawsuit against the state.
In a letter to the court, state District Judge Richard Broussard wrote the lawsuit was baseless and dismissed the charges in the case against Daniel Rios.
Rios, 39, was convicted in 2005 of first-degree manslaughter in the killing of Louisiana City police officer William Gulliver in a high-speed chase in October 2004.
He served two years in prison for a first-time felony conviction, and was sentenced to death in 2008.
Rio’s lawyers say he was innocent of murder and attempted murder.
Broussards decision was posted on the court’s website Monday.
It did not address the state’s claims.
State Attorney General Bill Whitehead said in a statement that he had “no reason to believe that the court was prejudiced by the filing of the civil action.”
Brousard has said he will rule on the civil case by Sept. 6.