LAPEER, Mich. -

A man serving a life sentence for a murder in Port Huron is asking a judge to release him on bond so he can be with his ailing wife.

Temujin Kensu's situation is unusual. In 2010, a judge overturned his conviction in the slaying of a young man in a college parking lot. But the 48-year-old Kensu remains in custody while the state appeals that decision in another federal court.

In a court filing this week, Kensu's lawyer says his wife may die from cancer before the case ends.

Kensu was known in the 1980s as Fred Freeman. He was convicted of killing Scott Macklem in St. Clair County but has long claimed he was more than 400 miles away at the time. Kensu is in a prison in Lapeer.