The man who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend in a Bellevue field has been given a life sentence without the possibility of parole. But what’s Doug Detrie doing now?
The original suspect in the Nicole VanderHeyden murder, Detrie was cleared after DNA evidence pointed to another man. But he doesn’t want the public to forget what happened that night.
He says that he wasn’t at the scene of the crime, and he is being framed for her death. He has filed a lawsuit against the Brown County DA and other parties.
Among other things, the lawsuit alleges that prosecutors did not adequately investigate his case and that he has a “fantastic tale” to tell. The lawsuit also claims that he has been deprived of his property and is owed $20,000 in compensation.
In a statement released by police, Detrie says he and his ex-girlfriend had a fight when she refused to go out with him and her friends. He says she was upset that he had texted her the night before the murder and took her car when she was ready to leave the bar.
Police say that when they went to his home, they found dried blood on a black cord, hair pins and clumps of blonde hair. There was also a scuff mark on the pavement, and DNA from a male that matched Burch was found on the cord. Those pieces of evidence led to Detrie being arrested, but he was released when DNA tests did not match him to the crime scene.