Michigan Man Freed After Eight Years


Dwayne Provience was set free today in Detroit after serving eight years in prison for a murder he has always said he didn’t commit.

Attorneys and law students at the Michigan Innocence Clinic investigated the case and found police reports, never disclosed to defense attorneys, showing that another man may have committed the crime. Based on this evidence the state judge dismissed his conviction this morning and ordered Provience freed on bond.

“I’m just so grateful,” Provience said. “It’s been so long and today is the day. Thank you. Thank you.”

…“It’s already the Christmas holidays,” said Vonzella Battle, Provience’s mother, as she wept.

Prosecutors did not say whether they would retry Provience for the case. Another hearing is set for November 24.

Read the full story here

. (Detroit Free Press, 11/3/09)


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