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Philadelphia Will Pay $9.1M to Man Wrongfully Convicted of Murdering 4-Year-Old Girl

The city of Philadelphia will pay more than $9 million to a man who spent 28 years behind bars after being wrongfully convicted of murdering 4-year-old Barbara Jean Horn.

On July 12, 1988, Horn disappeared from her front yard in Philadelphia’s Castor Gardens neighborhood. A few hours later, her body was found stuffed in a cardboard TV box only a few blocks away from her home.

Walter Ogrod lived across the street from Horn’s family at the time of her murder. He was arrested four years later in 1992 after police said he confessed to killing her. Ogrod’s first trial ended in a mistrial in 1993 while he was convicted and sentenced to death in a second trial in 1996.


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