Michigan Man Freed After Wrongfully Spending 25 Years in Prison [VIDEO]
Is this the Michigan version of 'Making a Murderer?'
A Detroit man who spent 25 years in prison has been cleared of the murder he was convicted of in 1992. Desmond Ricks was convicted of second degree murder and a felony firearms charge in October of 1992, in connection with the death of Gerry Bennett.
After several unsuccessful appeals, Ricks' case was taken on by the University of Michigan Innocence Clinic. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy tells WXYZ that charges against Ricks were vacated after an extensive examination of the ballistic evidence used to convict him.
"The ultimate result was that we agreed to the motion requesting a new trial on May 26, 2017. After thoroughly examining the remaining evidence in the case we have concluded that we cannot proceed to trial, and today we agree that Mr. Ricks should be released."