Dryden Family Murders Lawsuit

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 26, 2009 at 12:24 AM EDT

It was a murder case that hit hard in a central new york community: four members of a Dryden family shot to death, their home set on fire.

Two decades have passed, but next week, a woman who did prison time for the Harris family murders goes back to court... to get money.

Keith Kobland has more.

Twenty years have passed-but for some Dryden residents the memory of this terrible crime has not faded.

The Harris family, Warren, his wife Delores, and their two children, 15 year old Shelby, and 11 year old Mark, shot to death in their own home-a house which was then set on fire.

Police say this man, Michael Kinge, was responsible for committing the crime. he died in shootout with state police, but his mother Shirley was also implicated-the case turning on a single piece of evidence.

"This was the gas can in the living room of the Harris family on the day I arrived, this is a gas can i examined that same day, also the same gas can I lifted the fingerprint from," said State Police Investigator David Harding.

But it turns out Harding was lying, it was later determined he planted the print that was key to the case.

Just last year the state ruled Shirley Kinge was entitled to damages from New York State for malicious prosecution, after she served two years in prison.

On Monday, Shirley Kinge, who now resides in Atlanta, will appear in the court of claims in Syracuse, looking for money from New York State.

Shirley Kinge did admit to using credit cards, stolen from the Harris family after their deaths.

She was initially seeking 250 million dollars from New York State...

And while its unlikely she'll be awarded that much, she will be receiving some form of restitution.

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