Accepted Cases

JUSTLY JOHNSON
Justly was convicted in 1999 of first-degree murder in the death of Lisa Kindred. The victim was shot and killed as she waited in her van on a secluded Detroit street late one evening with her children. Her husband had driven her to the scene, and told her to wait in the car while he went into one of the houses. Justly was convicted for the murder, along with Kendrick Scott, on the testimony of two witnesses. Both witnesses were highly intoxicated, gave very vague and contradictory testimony, and admitted to being pressured by police. And both witnesses later recanted their testimony.

In addition to there now being absolutely no evidence implicating Justly, there is plenty of evidence implicating the victim's husband. He drove her to the scene and made her wait in the car, and it was later learned that he had a long history of domestic violence and repeatedly threatened to kill Lisa. Also, an investigation of the case by investigative reporter Scott Lewis revealed that one of the victim's children, who was in the car at the time of the shooting, saw the shooter, but was never questioned by police. Clinic students interviewed this new witness, who admitted that he saw everything and has a good memory of the shooter's face. He gives a description that does not match either Justly or Kendrick, and he did not pick either of them out of a photo array.

The Clinic filed a new motion for relief from judgment on behalf of Justly in December 2011. It was denied by Judge Prentis Edwards of the Wayne County Circuit Court in April 2012. The Clinic is now working on appealing to the Michigan Supreme Court.

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WXYZ Action 7 News: Mother's Day Murder

 
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