As Mike Eldred’s article on page 1 explains, Grega was released from prison in 2012 after new DNA evidence overturned his 1995 conviction for murdering his wife Christine in a West Dover condominium. Now, Grega has brought suit against the former state’s attorney, police, and the town of Dover. Like it or not, the ability to sue is one of the central tenets of our legal system. Grega has that right.
What is somewhat surprising is the extent to which police appear to have mishandled the initial investigation, according to Grega’s court filing. Of course, it’s only one side of the story, and followers of cases like this know the plaintiffs will go after any and all points that will bolster their case. The defendants have yet to respond to the allegations raised in Grega’s filing, and we expect their perspective to be substantially different.
What will be even more surprising, we suspect, will be how the trial unfolds. The case, from the beginning in 1993, has had more twists and turns than any made-up crime drama could envision.
This civil suit is merely the next act in a real-life drama, set here in sleepy southern Vermont, that isn’t close to seeing the final curtain fall.