Ga. minister sues estate of woman killed by cops

August 25, 2011 - 7:10 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta minister who acted as spokesman for relatives of a 92-year-old woman killed by police in a botched drug raid is suing the family for nearly $500,000 in what he said is unpaid compensation.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Rev. Markel Hutchins demands money he claims he was promised by Kathryn Johnston's niece, Sarah Dozier. Hutchins said there was a verbal agreement that he would get 10 percent of the $4.9 million awarded to Dozier by the city.

Johnston was shot dead in 2006 after members of an Atlanta police drug squad kicked in her door. Investigators later discovered that officers planted drugs in Johnston's home to back up their story after they found no drugs there.

Neither Dozier nor her attorney returned calls seeking comment Thursday.