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Woman files suit against FDL officials in November 2013 arrest

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FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ) - A federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed against several officials in Fond du Lac County by a woman arrested and jailed for two weeks, but was never charged.

Last November, Eve Nance and Tina Ewell were arrested in connection with the disappearance of Eve's husband Timothy Nance. 

Eve Nance was eventually charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse after allegedly shooting Timothy, then dumping his body in Milwaukee. A trial date in this case has not been set.

Ewell has now filed suit against District Attorney Eric Toney, Assistant District Attorney Dennis Krueger, city of Fond du Lac police detectives William Ledger and Matt Bobo, and Sheriff Mylan Fink.

According to the suit:

  • Ewell was questioned about Timothy Nance’s disappearance several times between Nov. 5 and 20.
  • On Nov. 20, Ewell was arrested.
  • On Nov. 27, “Toney and Krueger publicly admitted that plaintiff (Ewell) was being held in custody at their direction while the police sought to gather evidence to permit them to charge plaintiff with an offense.”
  • She remained in custody until Dec. 2, when she was released without charged being filed.

Ewell argues that the conspiracy deprived her of her rights because there was no reason to arrest her, she did not receive a judicial determination of probable cause in the proper timeframe, and the judge wasn’t authorized to keep her in custody while the investigation continued.

County corporation counsel Meggin McNamara could not be reached for comment. No trial dates have been set.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11).

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