Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said the case against Juwan Deering was spoiled by the failure to share evidence that would have helped his defense.
In 2006, Deering was convicted of murder in the fatal house fire. Authorities said the fire was revenge for drug debts and Deering repeatedly declared his innocence. No one could identify him as being at the house.
McDonald said her office found a video of an interview with a fire survivor who said Deering didn’t start the fire.
The Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan law school had been trying to get a new trial for Deering, but they were unsuccessful.
McDonald said she will join a new request by Deering’s attorneys to have a judge throw out the murder conviction.
The paperwork to appeal Deering’s conviction is expected to be filed Wednesday (Sept. 1) morning.