Innocence Clinic chalks up win

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office dropped a murder charge against 36-year-old Dwayne Provience.

The Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan had won a new trial for Provience after it had proved that evidence had been withheld in his 2001 conviction, reports the Detroit Free Press.

The prosecutor’s office had granted a new trial, but today dropped the charge because the only eyewitness has since recanted his testimony.

Marvin and DeShawn Reed sue Ecorse police officers

Marvin Reed and his nephew DeShawn Reed, who were last year released from prison after being wrongfully convicted of shooting Shannon Gholston in the neck in March 2000, are suing the City of Ecorse,  and Ecorse Police Department officers Alvin Demmings, John Anderson, Victor DeLeon, and the estate of former police officer Edgar Watkins.

The complaint was filed March 10 in United States District Court Eastern District by the Reeds’ attorneys Olsman, Mueller, Wallace & MacKenzie P.C.

According to the complaint, Gholston had told police that he didn’t know who shot him, but the officers failed to disclose that information to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

After the Reeds were convicted, Gholston recanted testimony that convicted them, admitting that he was angry and “wanted somebody to pay for … what happened to me.”

The complaint claims that the officers “deliberately and consciously failed to disclose exculpatory evidence” to prosecutors, that they “showed a reckless disregard for the truth in requesting an arrest warrant,” and that they “conspired to, and did, conceal … evidence, from DeShawn Reed and Marvin Reed’s attorneys.”

Read the complaint here.