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.

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.