Associated Press Published 7:32 AM EDT Sep 7, 2018 A man convicted in a 2001 Detroit double homicide has been released after a judge recently granted him a new trial. Mubarez Ahmed was convicted in 2002 and served 16 years of a 40-to-60-year sentence. The 48-year-old remarked on “the air, the trees” and “freedom itself” Thursday after his release in the Detroit enclave of Hamtramck. He returns to court Monday. Also at Freep.com: Ahmed appealed in 2003, but was denied. The Detroit News reports the Wayne County court system’s integrity unit later agreed with the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School that Ahmed’s 2002 murder conviction was tainted. They say alternate suspects in the deaths of Lavelle Griffin and LaTanya White, who were shot in a car, weren’t considered by police. The Innocence Clinic later identified another suspect. … [Read more...] about Man released after serving 16 years for 2 Detroit murders
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Associated Press Published 7:12 p.m. UTC Aug 15, 2018 DETROIT — Charges have been dismissed against a man imprisoned about 15 years for a fatal shooting in Detroit. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says a review has determined that Aaron Salter's 2003 murder case "was based primarily on mistaken identification by the main witness." The 2003 shooting left a 31-year-old man dead. Two other men were wounded. One of the wounded men claimed at Salter's trial that he was able to identify Salter as of one of two suspects in the shooting. More on freep.com: Jesse Jackson talks Aretha's quiet but profound civil rights legacy Mich. man missing while hiking in Montana counting goats The Federal Defender Office says its investigators and attorneys "uncovered previously undisclosed evidence and interviewed witnesses who could confirm" Salter's alibi at the time of the shooting. Civil attorney Wolf Mueller says Salter was expected to be released Wednesday from a state prison in … [Read more...] about Mistaken identity in 2003 Detroit murder leads to man’s prison release
George Hunter The Detroit News Published 2:38 p.m. UTC Aug 7, 2018 Detroit — An alleged murderer who slipped through the cracks of the criminal justice system 15 years ago is being investigated as a possible serial killer in three states, police officials told The Detroit News. James Matthews, 65, is a suspect in two homicides in Michigan, three in Texas and one in New York, according to Detroit police officials. Detectives are poring over old case files to determine if they can connect him to more killings. Authorities also are investigating how a 2003 strangulation case against Matthews was flubbed. Investigators submitted a warrant to Wayne County prosecutors seeking murder charges against him, but the warrant was never pursued — and then, police say, he went on to kill more victims, all women. "He should have been charged years ago," Detroit police Chief James Craig said. "There's enough blame to go around: Prosecutors never did anything … [Read more...] about Suspected serial killer freed after botched Detroit murder case
DETROIT — The Michigan Supreme Court has granted new trials after a man who witnessed his mother's murder at age 8 said the wrong men are in prison. Charmous Skinner Jr. is now in his late 20s. He was never interviewed by police or defense attorneys, despite being in the van with his mother when she was slain in Detroit on Mother's Day 1999. Michigan's highest court said Monday that Skinner's description of the shooter is vastly different to the details offered at trial. The court says the convictions of Justly Johnson and Kendrick Scott "were based on shaky grounds." Johnson and Scott have been in prison for more than 18 years. The case was reopened after a TV-reporter-turned-private-investigator, Scott Lewis, found Skinner in 2011 and interviewed him about his mother's death. … [Read more...] about Boyhood memory leads to new trials in Detroit murder case
THE gun rampage at a newspaper office in Annapolis was the 154th mass shooting in the US this year, according to researchers. Here we look at America's bloody toll of violence so far in 2018. How many mass shootings have there been in the US in 2018? There is no widely accepted definition of a mass shooting. A 2013 report from the Congressional Research Service described mass shootings as those in which gunmen "select victims somewhat indiscriminately" and kill four or more people in the same incident. That measure would exclude gang shootings and domestic incidents in which a gunman kills several family members. The not-for-profit group Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as any in which four or more people are shot, including those who are injured but survive, and not including the shooter. By this measure it records 154 mass shootings in the USA in the first 178 days of the year, the latest being the Capital Gazette massacre in Maryland on June 28. In 76 of these shootings … [Read more...] about Mass shootings in America 2018 – how many have there been and how many people have been killed this year?