U-M innocence project helps win convicted murderer a new trial

“A 36-year-old man, jailed for the past eight years for a murder he says he did not commit, has been granted a new trial by a Wayne Circuit Court judge this morning and could be home with his family as early as tonight,” according to a story in The Detroit News.

“Dwayne Provience has been in prison since 2001, despite his consistent claims of innocence. Judge Timothy Kenny ordered a new trial, citing the prosecution’s use of a less-than-credible witness.

“The Innocence Project at the University of Michigan — a litigation group that seeks to overturn incorrect convictions — took up the case after being contacted by Provience. For his family, Tuesday’s court decision was a case of the holidays coming early.”