Two Michigan cases among Innocence Project’s 2009 success stories

Twenty-seven people, including two Michigan men, were exonerated by organizations in the Innocence Network this year after serving a combined 421 years in prison for crimes they did not commit, according to an Innocence Project report.

The report contains an account of Deshawn Reed and his uncle, Marvin Reed, who were exonerated on July 31 after eight years in prison with help from the University of Michigan Innocence Clinic.

The Reeds were convicted of a shooting that left the victim paralyzed based on the victim’s eyewitness testimony that the Reeds shot at him from a car. Other eyewitnesses, however, said the shots came from elsewhere and one eyewitness identified the shooter as Tyrone Allen. The Reeds presented half a dozen alibi witnesses.

Post-conviction, evidence tied the gun used in the shooting to Allen, who had been killed while committing a carjacking, according to the report. Allen’s girlfriend testified that he confessed to the shooting for which the Reeds were convicted.

The victim himself later testified that he never actually saw where the shots came from, and that he implicated the Reeds after family and friends suggested the Reeds were responsible.

5 thoughts on “Two Michigan cases among Innocence Project’s 2009 success stories

  1. Several months ago I talked with the Dean of the UofM Innocence project regarding the case of the State v William Hastings, a conviction for Murder out of the Jackson County Circuit Court. I was the judge in the preliminary examintion and after retirement my firm was retained to assist Counsel of record in a motion for a new trial and after denial,the appeal to the Court of Appeals. Cert was also denied by the MSC.The Dean advised me that the project was aware of the case and was looking into it. I offered my assistance but have not heard if the case deserved any further action. I have wondered what decision the Innocence Project made concerning taking any further legal action. Is there anyone who can give me a status report on the Hastings case?

  2. My son is in the Ionia Prison. He was wrongfully convicted of molesting his stepdaughter. She said it happened when her mother was in New York. At that time she made this allegation, My son was in Romeo, Mi. painting a house for a Chiropractor. My youngest son was working with him. This was suppose to have taken place in 2004 when she was six years old.
    He has an appeal on going. There is a lot to this now.
    Will you help us. He had an alibi and he attorney did very little investagating because he thought it was a lie


    Carol Thornton

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