Fiancée of Temujin Kensu upset after Michigan AG opts not to challenge 1986 murder conviction
“This is not just about Temujin,” Paula Kensu told MLive-The Flint Journal in a phone interview Thursday, May 19. Related: Michigan AG won’t challenge Temujin Kensu conviction in 1986 Port Huron murderTemujin Kensu, 58, is serving life in prison for the 1986 murder of 20-year-old Scott Macklem in the parking lot of St. Clair Community College in Port Huron. “The thing that we’re very concerned about is that this state Conviction Integrity Unit is supposed to be an integrity unit, and I stress integrity,” Sanders told the Journal Thursday. Now, she sees Temujin Kensu through visitations in prison. Snyder for pardonConvicted killer Temujin Kensu, who proclaims his innocence, will meet with state commutation board on WednesdayAfter more than 20 years in prison, Temujin Kensu dreams of releasemlive.com
Convicted in teen’s 1989 killing, brothers seek review by Conviction Integrity Unit after witness recants
NEWAYGO COUNTY, MI – The brothers convicted in the 1989 killing of Shannon Sides have asked the state Attorney General’s Conviction Integrity Unit to consider their case. Paul and Matthew “Skip” Jones were convicted in 2015 after a cold-case investigation.mlive.com
Michigan’s Conviction Integrity Unit Investigates Past Mistakes in State’s Prosecution to Learn From Them
Two years after its creation, the Michigan Attorney General’s Conviction Integrity Unit recently completed its first exoneration. The unit was introduced by Dana Nessel’s office to investigate the possibilities of wrongful convictions on a statewide level. Listen: Dana Nessel on the Conviction Integrity Unit’s first exoneration. GuestMichigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says having a statewide Conviction Integrity Unit “means we can go into any county in the state, and when we find a wrongfully convicted person is spending their life behind bars, we can do something about it.” Nessel says the unit investigates past mistakes in the state’s prosecution to learn from them. ”That happens when you test for DNA that was never tested in the first place.”The attorney general says forensic analysis used by prosecutors has evolved significantly since Poole’s wrongful conviction.wdet.org
Detroit man released from prison after judge dismisses charges in 1994 murder conviction
On Thursday, Feb. 4, the now-45-year-old became a free man -- a moment his daughter Nakira Fantroy has been waiting for. Smith was convicted of first-degree murder and felony firearm on Nov. 29, 1994, in the death of Kenneth Hayes when Smith was only 19 years old. There was no conclusive forensic evidence that linked Mr. Smith to the case,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement. “There was testimony in the case from a jail house informant claiming that Smith had confessed the murder to him. The dismissal of charges comes after an investigation by Prosecutor Kym Worthy and the WCPO Conviction Integrity Unit, headed by director Valerie Newman.
Detroit man fights for freedom after nearly 50 years in prison for crime he says he didn’t commit
DETROIT – Ray Gray has been in prison for nearly 50 years, one of Michigan’s longest serving inmates. For decades, Barbara Rinehart dreamed about the day her husband walks out of prison as a free man. He’s been filling canvases with wonder ever since, but a talented prison artist is just part of Gray’s story. But the cell remained locked tight, even after the intervention of Ellis Stafford, the deputy director of the Detroit Crime Commission who is convinced of Gray’s innocence. “He’ll fight to prove his innocence when he’s out if that’s what it takes but he won’t confess to something he didn’t do.”
Gov. Whitmer denied clemency for Temujin Kensu, a murder convict who claims innocence
click to enlarge MDOCTemujin Kensu in 1985, left, and today. But supporters remain hopeful because Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel's newly created Conviction Integrity Unit is considering an application from Kensu. "This is where our confidence lies," David Sanders of the Royal Oak-based Proving Innocence project told the paper. "We fully trust that the CIU's independent review will reveal without a doubt that a great injustice was done to Temujin. "Our hope is that that the attorney general will present the facts from this comprehensive investigation to the governor and she will do the right thing and finally free a man so terribly wronged.metrotimes.com
New Macomb County prosecutor starts making changes before being sworn in
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. – Newly-elected Macomb county Prosecutor Peter Lucido will officially be sworn in soon, but he’s already getting to work. Lucido ran after former prosecutor Eric Smith resigned after being accused of embezzlement. The changes are made in an effort to repair public trust after the former prosecutor resigned accused of embezzlement and obstruction of justice. Warren police bust drug ring selling cocaine laced with fentanylA big takedown in the fight against the opioid epidemic happened Wednesday in Metro Detroit. They believe the three taken into custody are the leaders of a ring selling cocaine laced with fentanyl that has killed three people in Warren.
Man freed after 26 years of wrongful imprisonment for Detroit murder
DETROIT – An innocent man who wrongfully served 26 years in prison for a Detroit murder has been released on Wednesday. “We made the decision long ago to never give up fighting for Mr. Hamilton’s release. And, even sadder, is that Mr. Hamilton’s case is not unique," said Mary Chartier, one of Mr. Hamilton’s lead attorneys. In Mr. Hamilton’s case, the ‘snitch’ claimed in numerous cases that men — men who were strangers — had spontaneously confessed murder to him. This is just one of the travesties that occurred in Mr. Hamilton’s case.