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Successfully Concluded Cases

21. Kendrick Scott

Kendrick Scott was convicted, along with Justly Johnson, of murdering Lisa Kindred while she waited in her minivan with her three children on a deserted Detroit Street in the early morning hours of Mother’s Day 1999. Both men maintained their innocence, but were convicted based on testimony from two other neighborhood men, who claimed that Johnson and Scott had planned to rob the woman and shot her as part of the robbery. The inculpatory witnesses recanted soon after trial, but the convictions stood.

Private Investigator Scott Lewis began looking into the case years later at Johnson’s behest, and learned that police had never taken the eyewitness account of the oldest child in the victim’s car, her 8-year-old son. Lewis spoke with the victim’s son 12 years after the shooting, and the eyewitness made clear that he had seen the shooter and was sure that it was not Johnson or Scott. The Michigan Supreme Court vacated the convictions in July 2018, and Johnson and Scott were exonerated in November 2018.

More details available at:

The National Registry of ExonerationsKendrick Scott
The Detroit News2 Detroit men to get new trials in '99 Mother's Day slaying
The Detroit NewsPair cleared in '99 Mother's Day murder celebrate release
The Daily Mail'I've dreamed of this moment for 20 years': Emotional moment two Detroit men exonerated from a 1999 murder are greeted with hugs and tears after serving nearly two decades in prison
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