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The Case that started it all for Bill Proctor.
With over a dozen witnesses stating that he was 450 miles away from the murder at the time it took place, with absolutely no physical evidence, except a very doubtful eye witness and a theory of an ex-girlfriend, this man has spent 24 years in prison for a murder that no reasonable person would conclude he is guilty of.
Lorinda was the victim of her child's accusations. Ronnie was, himself, guilty of sexual misconduct and when found out, he decided to deflect accusations toward himself by making accusations of his mother.
Lorinda was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison and has already served 8. She is currently free on bond dues to the excellent work of the Michigan Innocence Clinic! The original judge ordered a retrial. Though the two witnesses against her have recanted and there was no physical evidence, since the prosecutor has no case, she has decided to appeal the judge's decision. So, Lorinda's case is still in process.
After spending 10 years in prison, Ray met the true perpetrator of the murder who signed a sworn affidavit confessing that he and another man committed the crime for which Ray was convicted. At a motion for a new trial, the man took the stand and told the judge that he had personal knowledge of the crime; but after being warned by the prosecutor that he would be charged and prosecuted for the murder if he implicated himself, he invoked his right against self-incrimination by remaining silent.
Ray has been in prison for 38 years for a crime he did not commit!!! Ray is a fine artist. Many of his paintings can be purchased as Holiday Cards.
A 14 year old, mentally developmentally disabled, Davontae was curious as any child his age when he heard the shots in the neighborhood. He checked out the scene before the police arrived and was eager to tell them what he knew.
A classic case of a false confession.
Mark Craighead has served his time for his wrongful conviction, but the effects of it never go away. How do you think your chances would be if you were looking for a job today and the reason for the gap in your resume' was that you had served over a decade in prison for murder? The imprisonment and the injustice don't stop once you walk out that prison door.
Mark's case is also a prime example of law enforcement that once it thinks it has the right person . . . or a convict-able person, it fails to follow any other leads, including those which point to other persons much more likely to have committed the crime.