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- Written by Ashley Werry
In the aftermath of twenty-three-year-old Davontae Sanford’s release from prison after a 2007 wrongful conviction, questions regarding the Detroit Police Department’s procedures have been swarming. A question that continues to be asked is if there are more Davontae Sanfords out there? One case with overwhelming evidence for another individual’s innocence is that of Mark Craighead. I recently had an opportunity to interview Mark and discuss the details of his case.
In 1997, Chole Pruett was murdered in Detroit, Michigan. His body was found in his home the evening of June 27th and his truck was found burning in a separate location. As part of the investigation, police questioned a close friend—Mark Craighead. Mark told investigators that he was working overnight when Pruett was murdered. They also interviewed approximately twenty-five witnesses in total—none of which implicated Mark, but instead named three other suspects. Detectives were told one of those named suspects had threatened Pruett not long before the murder. No one is certain whether this lead was investigated further, but they never zeroed in on a suspect and Mark heard nothing more until three years later. In June 2000, Mark returned home from working a full day at his new job at Chrysler and found detectives on his front porch. He was asked to come down to the station for further questioning regarding the Pruett murder. Mark asked if he could come down later that evening or the following day and he was told that they could not wait. The detectives threatened to call for a paddy wagon if he did not go down to the station with them, so he reluctantly went with them to avoid any issues.
Fox 2 News program Let it Rip hears from four people, all friends of Proving Innocence with Ken Wyniemko being on our board. The ring of personal experience.
Ken Wyneimko, Wrongfully convicted of rape and spent nine years in prison.
Tommy Higher, Wrongfully convicted of murder and spent 25 years in prison
Julie Baumer, Wrongfully convicted of child abuse and spent 5 years in prison
Judge Carl Marlinga, Former prosecutor who convicted Wyneimko and helped exonerate Baumer
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