Keith's 1996 wrongful conviction for a murder in Highland Park, MI, was built on a fantastical set of allegations made by two men who had a personal conflict with him. The two men claimed to have been accosted, chased, and shot at in the street by Keith, and one of them even had a grazed gunshot wound to prove it. Soon after, it was discovered that the wife of one of these two men, Ajena Sims, had been shot and killed at her home, and the suspicion naturally turned to Keith.
At trial the two men described their alleged encounter with Keith, and the timing of their version of events was confirmed by a witness who testified to seeing Keith at the scene of the murder and hearing shots. But none of this was true. As the Clinic discovered upon investigating the case, Keith's two accusers had set him up.
The Clinic tracked down the only witness who claimed to have seen Keith at the crime scene, and he admitted to fabricating his story at the behest of the prosecution. Then, the Clinic had one of the nation's leading medical experts analyze the pathological evidence in the case. His scientific conclusion, based on the state of the body when it was found, is that the murder actually occurred several hours before Keith's two accusers claimed it did. This means that the victim had already been dead at least an hour before the time Keith's accusers claimed to have seen her alive and well. Finally, the Clinic found a neighbor of the victim who had never testified before. This new witness confirmed he heard shots coming from the victim's apartment hours before the time the prosecution claimed the murder occurred.
The Clinic filed a motion for relief from judgment before Wayne County Third Circuit Court Judge Robert Ziolkowski in early 2010. A hearing will be held in the case in the summer of 2012.