Individuals that have had their Freedom Restored by Bill Proctor and advocacy from the Seeking Justice team.
After being locked up 48 years for a killing he insists he did not commit, Raymond Gray on Tuesday, May 25, 2020, left Muskegon Correctional Facility a free man. Gray, 69, of Detroit, was convicted of first-degree murder in a Feb. 6, 1973, robbery and killing of Ruben Bryant in a Detroit apartment. He is the longest-serving innocent person in the United States.
Lamarr Monson was convicted of brutally killing a 12-year-old girl in 1996. However, attorneys now say Monson was forced into a false confession and new fingerprint evidence pointed to another killer. Lamarr has since been freed and exonerated.
BiLLIE AND BRIAN
Billie and Brian Giroux were wrongfully charged with their daughters death in 2011. Bill Proctor reported on the case, questioning the medical examiner and the cause of death. After reviewing the evidence the charges were dropped, Billy and Brian were released, and their other child was returned to them from foster care.
Kevin Harrington was convicted of first-degree murder after four jury trials in Wayne County. His case stems from a 2002 murder in Inkster, Michigan. He was convicted at the first trial in 2003 along with co-defendant George Clark. Clark’s conviction was upheld on appeal, but Harrington was granted a new trial shortly after his first conviction. They were both exonerated after witnesses came forward to testify that the two men were innocent.
Lorinda Swain was arrested in 2001 on charges of sexually molesting her adopted son. She was sentenced to 25-50 years in prison. She was exonerated in 2016 after witnesses recanted their testimony and Lorinda was granted a new trial.
Wilcox, a married father of three who worked two decades for the city as a bus mechanic and maintenance worker, was arrested in January and jailed for 16 days for an armed robbery he never committed. The police had the wrong Gerald Wilcox, records show, and Wilcox was cleared.
14-year-old Davontae Sanford was convicted of four counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder, and one count of illegal use of a firearm. Only after the real criminal was arrested was Davontae's case looked at again. He was freed in 2016 after almost 10 years behind bars.
Anderson was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree armed robbery, assault, and illegal use of a weapon. He denied involvement in the crime. Anderson said that at about the same time of the robbery, he had been shot in the foot at a Coney Island restaurant more than 10 miles away.
With his co-defendant, Kevin Harrington, George was convicted of first-degree murder. The two men were exonerated together after a witness came forward.
After a sexual assault victim picked Walter Swift out of a lineup, he was convicted of the crime and sentenced to up to 55 years in prison. Only after the Innocence Project got involved with his case were the charges against Walter dropped.