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After new look, Detroit prosecutor wants to drop convictions

January 10, 2019

DETROIT (AP) — The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says it will ask a judge throw out convictions in two cases, including the case of a man who was in prison for 21 years.

Prosecutors say they want to dismiss criminal sexual conduct convictions against Kevin Lackey. Prosecutors now say he was charged based on “profoundly invalid dog tracking evidence.” The case was reopened by the conviction integrity unit.

Records show Lackey was convicted in 1993 and released from prison in 2014.

In another case, prosecutors want to set aside the second-degree murder conviction of Michael Powels. He was sentenced to at least 45 years in prison in 2008. Prosecutors say they’re convinced a key witness gave false testimony.

A judge will hold a hearing in both cases Thursday.

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