Juwan Deering was found not guilty in connection with fire which killed five children in the Royal Oak Township in suburban Detroit in 2000. No one could identify him as being home when the fire broke out. But at the time, authorities said the fire was set in retaliation for unpaid drug debts.
However, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said that law enforcement professionals recently examined the case and they determined that there was insufficient evidence linking Deering to the fire.
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McDonald said the investigation, which lasted from 2000 to 2006, was completely tainted by wrongdoing.
“It’s been an uphill battle,” Deering told the Associated Press outside the courthouse as he was surrounded by family members and other men from the area who had been cleared of crimes.
“The sun can’t shine on a not sunny day,” he added Newsweek, Friday (1/10/2021).
Deering praised McDonald’s for taking another look at the case.
“I told him it took a lot of strength to fight the status quo,” he said.