Prosecutor wants murder conviction dropped in 2000 Oakland County fire that killed 5 kids

Juwan Deering convicted in 2006

Prosecutor wants murder conviction thrown out
Prosecutor wants murder conviction thrown out

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – A prosecutor is pushing for a murder conviction to be dropped against a man sentenced to life in prison for a fire that killed five children in Royal Oak Township in 2000.

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.

Update: Man convicted in fatal Royal Oak Township fire released after 15 years over ‘compromised’ investigation

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.

Read: Oakland County prosecutor seeking investigation into man’s 2006 conviction in deadly fire that killed 5 children


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