DETROIT – The Last on a decision to throw away a Detroit man’s murder conviction after 25 years (all times are local):
A Detroit man has walked out of prison after 25 years, after tests showed he was convicted of murder with a semblance of proof.
Mr. Ricks met his legal team on Friday in a prison in western Michigan, a few hours after a judge threw out his conviction. New tests showed that the bullets removed from the victim in 1992 do not match the weapon that was described in the trial as the murder weapon.
Ricks’ case was reopened at the request of the Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan law school. He claimed that he was framed by the police in 1992. His distrust grew in 2008, when the Detroit police crime lab was shut down because of the bad work.
The Wayne County prosecutor’s office agreed that Ricks’ conviction should be set aside.
A judge has thrown out the second degree murder conviction of a Detroit man who accused the police of framing him with a fake proof, and his mother gun more than two decades ago.
Tests show that one of the two bullets removed from the victim does not match the weapon that was presented to the members of the jury back in 1992. The other bullet was too deformed for analysis.
Mr. Ricks’ case was reopened at the request of the University of Michigan law school’s Innocence Clinic.
Director David Moran tells The Associated Press that the prosecutors agreed that the conviction must be set aside, and the Judge Richard Skutt signed the order Friday.
Ricks, now 51 years old, was charged with shooting an acquaintance outside a Detroit fast-food restaurant. The police later arrested him and seized his mother’s gun.