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Lana Canen helps out her mother, who runs a daycare business out of her home in Elkhart. Canen spent eight years in prison for a murder she did not commit, and was finally exonerated nearly a year ago. "I'm still getting used to having a normal life." (Jon Garcia ) (Buy this photo)
5 things to know for your Thursday in Indiana
Posted on Feb. 19, 2014 at 9:43 p.m.

1. Wrongly convicted Elkhart woman sues two cops for bad evidence

Can you imagine spending eight years in prison for a murder you didn't commit?

That's what happened to one Elkhart woman, who is now suing the police officers involved in her investigation for the inaccurate fingerprint analysis that sent her to prison.

A fingerprint on a piece of Tupperware was the only evidence that directly tied Lana Canen to the crime she was charged with. Elkhart County Sheriff's Department Deputy Dennis Chapman presented himself as an expert in fingerprint identification, despite having no training in the field. He then testified the print belonged to Canen, which led to her imprisonment.

Read more about the lawsuit here.

2. Goshen family was on hijacked plane

When a Goshen couple and their 5-year-old daughter boarded a plane from Ethiopia to Rome, they thought it would be just another routine flight.

Then the oxygen masks dropped. People started screaming. The plane began jerking back and forth.

Later, they would find out their flight had been hijacked.

We're talking with the couple, Darin and Jolene Schrock, tomorrow and are wondering what you'd like to know. If you have any questions for them, leave them in the comments below this story, and we'll include them in the interview.

3. Prosecutors review case against South Bend mother who lost her child

The initial hearing for a South Bend woman arrested after her baby went missing was postponed Tuesday, Feb. 19, to allow prosecutors more time to review the case.

Heather Gipperich told police she took her daughter to a house where she purchased and used heroin. She then left her daughter with a woman who Gipperich met for the first time during the drug deal at the house.

Gipperich's initial hearing has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 21.

4. Guilty verdict delivered in Leeshawn Rodgers murder trial

Leeshawn Rogers, who was accused of killing Eddie Johnson in April 2013, was found guilty of murder after a three-day jury trial that ended Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Rogers, 20, was accused of fatally shooting Johnson, 34, near the crossing of Sixth Street and Cleveland Avenue. 

Rogers' sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 13 at Elkhart Circuit Court. He faces a sentence of up to 65 years in prison.

5. Florida defensive back Cody Riggs transferring to Notre Dame for graduate year

Notre Dame's defensive backfield just got a little deeper and a whole lot more experienced.

University of Florida defensive back Cody Riggs has decided to pursue his fifth year of eligibility at Notre Dame after graduating from Florida in May. The announcement was made Wednesday, Feb. 19.

"Cody Riggs is an outstanding player," head coach Brian Kelly said in a statement to und.com. "He played a ton of football at Florida, having started at both safety and corner back. Cody definitely brings veteran leadership and versatility to our team and defense."