Man won’t face second trial after wrongful conviction in house fire that killed 5 kids
PONTIAC, MI – A man who served 15 years in prison on a wrongful conviction for the fire-related deaths of five children walked into a courtroom wearing shackles Thursday morning and walked out a free man, The Associated Press reports. Juwan Deering, 50, was convicted in 2006 of starting a house fire in 2000 that killed five children in Royal Oak Township. The conviction was thrown out last week at the urging of Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald. Today, a judge granted her request to close the case against him, scrub the conviction from his record and immediately release him from custody, AP reports. “There is only one ethical and constitutional remedy,” McDonald said, referencing Deering’s release.mlive.com
Murder conviction erased for man accused of Michigan house fire that killed 5 kids
DETROIT -- A man who spent 15 years in prison for murder had his conviction erased completely Tuesday after the prosecutor’s office determined he did not receive a fair trial. “We now know that Mr. Deering did not get a fair trial,” McDonald told Judge Jeffrey Matis. McDonald said critical evidence was “buried in files in my office” and that evidence would have cast doubt on the case at the time. Prior to being elected prosecutor, McDonald served as an Oakland County Circuit Court judge from 2013-2019. In the video, the teen said Deering was not involved, but that video was not shared during the trial.mlive.com
Murder conviction to be dropped in fire that killed 5 kids; man served 15 years
DETROIT – Authorities are dropping a murder conviction against a man who is serving a life sentence for a fire that killed five children in suburban Detroit after a witness account was never shared with the defense before the 2006 trial, The Associated Press reports. In a video interview, a 13-year-old survivor told police that Juwan Deering didn’t set the fire, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said Tuesday. That was never shared with the defense, and the jury never heard it, which means Deering didn’t get a fair trial. In addition, jurors and Deering’s lawyer were never told that jail informants won substantial benefits for their testimony against him. “We have an ethical obligation to turn over all the evidence ... even if it hurts our case,” she said.mlive.com
Oakland County prosecutor seeking investigation into man’s 2006 conviction in deadly fire that killed 5 children
Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said she is “gravely concerned” about potential ethical breaches after reviewing the 2006 murder conviction of Juwan Deering related to a deadly fire that killed five children.