Former Detroit police lieutenant faces perjury charge

Bill Rice accused of lying under oath in connection with testimony in quadruple murder case

DETROIT - A former Detroit police homicide lieutenant was arraigned Wednesday on a perjury charge for allegedly lying under oath in a quadruple murder case.

Bill Rice, 63, was arraigned in 36th District Court.

Prosecutors say Rice testified in a 2009 evidentiary hearing as a defense alibi witness.

Davontae Sanford was charged in 2007 in the slayings of four people when he was 14 years old. Sanford pleaded guilty, but his lawyer sought to withdraw the plea.

The state Appeals Court sent the case back to the lower court, where Rice testified.

Rice and Cheryl Sanford, Davontae Sanford's aunt, were charged last year with conducting a criminal enterprise.

They also are accused of providing false information on property to obtain federal funds to quality for mortgages.

"Bill is trying, as you know, every time he leaves his house there is cameras and media everywhere. So he's taking it one day at a time, continuing to live his life and not worry about it too much," said Rice's attorney, Tiffany McEvans.

The perjury case will continue in May. Meanwhile, Rice has no comment to make about the charge.

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