Kansas City, Missouri 2021-03-04 12:41:09 –
Oakland County, Michigan — Almost 16 years, daily, sometimes multiple times daily Kenneth Nixon I thought about his innocence.
Only 19 years after a Molotov cocktail was thrown into a Detroit house in 2005, killing two children and injuring his family, he was convicted of attempted murder, attempted murder, and arson.
Nixon was sentenced to two life imprisonments and 30 to 60 years in prison for the crime he always said he did not commit.
“I didn’t even know that the crime had happened until the detective under investigation told me,” Nixon happened just a few blocks from his house at the time. I told WXMI about the crime.
About four years ago, the Wayne County Conviction Integrity Unit and the WMU-Coolley Innocence Project investigated Nixon’s case.
“The testimony of the (13-year-old) witness was inconsistent in the trial. The prison informant was used to assist the inconsistent witness. He was in a different case from this one. He was given a vacation of his own judgment for testimony, “explained Nixon’s lawyer David Williams at the Innocence Project.
According to Williams, prison informants finally admitted that they had learned about Nixon’s case through news coverage, and the judge recently withdrew his charges against Nixon.
“As soon as I picked up the phone, he said,” I had good news. ” My heart sank. I asked, “Well, what’s that?” And he said, “It’s official. You go home.” And I couldn’t breathe for just a minute. I was screaming in my head, but it didn’t actually come out. “
Nixon was released from Ionia’s Michigan Reformatory on February 18, explaining to WXMI what he was doing, both shortly after the release and in the days that followed.
“The first thing I did was to eat real food. I stopped by the nearest fast food restaurant. My life needed real burgers and french fries. McDonald’s was my first goal It was the land. That was the first time I saw me leave. I really enjoyed the moment and spent time catching up with my family and learning my children. 15 years These guys were toddlers, toddlers when I left. Now my youngest is hired by a college football team and my eldest son is in his car as I’m talking about. I’m changing the motors, so that’s a big difference from when I left. These people were walking around with their burgers. “
Nixon wants to go back to school, what he was trying to do before going to jail. Now he may want to look into the legal profession and see more changes in WXMI. He is also talking to a lawyer about state compensation for his illegal imprisonment.
The Nixon proceedings show that the WMU-Coolley Innocence Project has been exonerated for the fifth time since 2003.
This story was originally published by Derek Francis at WXMI.
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