A man who spent 23 years in prison for a Kansas double murder is seeking $93 million in damages from the city and county and the former Kansas City detective who framed him.
Lamonte McIntyre‘s attorneys said the police in Kansas City, Kansas allowed the detective to use his power to sexually exploit Black women. McIntyre’s mother was one of his victims. When Rose McIntyre reportedly rejected former detective Roger Golubski’s advances, he pinned two murders on her 17-year-old son.
McIntyre lost two decades of his life, and he and his mother have suffered through years of mental turmoil because of Golubski, their attorneys said. Rose McIntyre is seeking $30 million in damages.
“Golubski used his badge to protect the guilty, frame the (innocent), and serve his personal agenda, whether it was carrying out a vendetta or protecting the drug dealers who paid him,” the attorneys said.
The lawsuit was filed in 2018, but it was stalled in court while Lamonte waited to be declared innocent. A federal judge on March 17 scheduled a jury trial for Nov. 7.
Rose first crossed paths with Golubski in the 1980s when he pulled over her then-boyfriend. The detective is accused of coercing Rose to his office, where he forced her to perform oral sex on him or else he would arrest her boyfriend.
The attorneys said Golubski wanted to continue the sexual abuse long term, so Rose moved and changed her number to escape the detective’s advances.
Lamonte was found guilty of the double murders based on eyewitness testimony alone. It was revealed later that the eyewitnesses were forced to finger Lamonte for the crime.
Golubski and the prosecutor threatened to arrest one of the eyewitnesses and take her daughter away if she did not testify. The witness later wrote in an affidavit that she lied on the stand. Another witness said she was afraid of Golubski after he made sexual advances on her.
Attorneys said the McIntyres filed countless appeals, motions and petitions during the course of Lamonte’s incarceration, maintaining his innocence. In 2017, Lamonte was freed after a judge granted him a new trial and a prosecutor cleared his convictions and dropped all charges.
The state settled a wrongful conviction lawsuit for about $1.5 million in 2020, which paved the way for the 2018 lawsuit by awarding Lamonte a certificate of innocence.
Golubski had a reputation for having sex with Black prostitutes and drug addicts, which the McIntyres’ attorney said was common knowledge in the police department. The court documents include multiple occasions when other officers caught Golubski in the act with women. He also allegedly fathered children with some of the women. The pretrial order includes signatures from 73 women. Golubski retired in 2010.
According to reports, a federal government has launched an investigation into Golubski’s conduct.
Golubski has denied the claims, and his attorneys are demanding that the allegations be excluded from the case. They reportedly plan to defend his reputation in court.
“Roger Golubski will contend that he was a good cop and detective, that he cared about the community he served, particularly the African American community, and that he sought to hold dirty cops accountable,” his attorneys said in a statement.
Lamonte Mcintyre is seeking $72 million for wrongful incarceration. He wants to be compensated $1.6 million for the career opportunities he lost and $20 million in punitive damages.
His attorneys said he suffers from post-traumatic stress, emotional stress, and severe physiological damage because of the defendants’ actions. They said Lamonte lost family relationships, property, education and athletic opportunities, and many personal freedoms because he was incarcerated.
The Unified Government Wyandotte County and Kansas City denied that the police chief knew about Golubski’s misconduct or the other officers’ who corroborated with him. It denied any responsibility in the case. They argued that Golubski’s accusers were inconsistent and that more than a dozen officers and detectives were involved in investigating the 1994 murders.
“No policymaker for the Unified Government had knowledge or notice that … Golubski encouraged and/or used coerced and unreliable witness statements from vulnerable witnesses through the threat or arrest, physical violence, sexual domination, payment in drugs or money, or other consequences,” The Unified Government stated in the pretrial order.