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Detroit man convicted of a murder he said he didn’t commit is freed

Detroit Free Press

Unreliable testimony in a 1994 trial sent Larry Smith, a Detroit man, to prison for 26 years for a murder he said he didn’t commit.

Smith was freed Thursday, despite a justice system glitch — this time an information technology issue — that could have postponed his release. All of the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice computer services were down, the court administrator said. 

But Judge Shannon Walker signed the order dismissing all charges against Smith, and he was released by the state Department of Corrections.

Smith, 45, spent nearly his entire adult life behind bars and is the latest case in which a reevaluation of a Michigan murder conviction has been overturned after a new examination.

Cases throughout Michigan are being examined by prosecutors and advocates fighting for inmates who maintain they are innocent and locked up in a system that disproportionately convicts Black men. Read more –>