MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Relatives of a man who died after he was denied compensation for a wrongful conviction will try again to win that case.
Relatives of Forest Shomberg will appear at a hearing of the State Claims Board on Wednesday.
Shomberg was in prison for six years, before DNA evidence in 2009 cleared him of the sexual assault of a UW-Madison student in 2002.
Authorities said the victim was pulled off a street and was groped in a violent manner before she could break free.
Shomberg asked for just over $102,000 from the State Claims Board, but the panel unanimously said no in 2012. He challenged the rejection in court, and a judge in Eau Claire ordered that the Claims Board hear the case again.
The judge said the board did not investigate Shomberg's innocence before rejecting the claim. A couple months after that ruling, Shomberg was found dead in a parked car in Madison.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)