Black ‘Murderer’ Freed After 27 Years, How many still imprisoned, how many executed due to police corruption?

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Detroit News: The description of the way a killer walked sent Larry D. Smith  to prison for a murder he and his attorney say he didn’t commit.

On Thursday, Smith, 45, of Detroit, will be formally freed from his first-degree murder conviction by a Wayne County Circuit judge, county Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Wednesday.

Smith was 18 when he was sentenced in November 1994 to life in prison without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder and felony firearm convictions.

His hearing is set for 11 a.m. before Judge Shannon Walker. Smith’s conviction is being overturned as a result of an investigation by the Wayne County Prosecutor Office’s Conviction Integrity Unit, headed by director Valerie Newman.

“After 26 years of wrongful imprisonment, justice has finally been done, due to the incredible work of the Conviction Integrity Unit,” said Mary Owens, Smith’s attorney. “Larry finally has his life back.”

Smith was convicted in connection with the slaying of Kenneth Hayes in the early morning hours of March 24, 1994, at a location in the 2200 block of Annabelle in Detroit.

During Smith’s trial, the sole eyewitness who testified described the gait and body shape of a person who ran from the scene. No testimony established that Smith had a distinctive walk or build.

Smith was convicted in connection with the slaying of Kenneth Hayes in the early morning hours of March 24, 1994, at a location in the 2200 block of Annabelle in Detroit.

During Smith’s trial, the sole eyewitness who testified described the gait and body shape of a person who ran from the scene. No testimony established that Smith had a distinctive walk or build. read more…

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2021/02/03/man-imprisoned-murder-faulty-testimony-since-94-freed/4379848001/

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  1. Raising five children and my black stepdaughter, I only had to worry about law enforcement over reach with her. We lived in a small town where the police knew us and they treated us all as fdiends.
    Once out on her own, She would get pulled over for small things and get questions like “how did you buy this car?”.
    There is a stain of racism in law enforcement.

  2. I too am against the death penalty. I would rather see 1000 guilty people walk free then 1 innocent person spend a day in prison.

  3. And this is why I am against the death penalty.

    There is not equal application of law in this (or any country). And if you have ever watched ‘The Closer’, you know that the Police are allowed to lie to you during an interrogation, ‘Yates is in the other room and if he says you pulled the trigger, well, we only make deals with the first person who cooperators’. Niles thinks to himself, ‘I didn’t do it but I better play it safe and confess to a crime I didn’t do rather than get the death penalty’.
    (I intentionally chose WASP sounding names)

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