In April 2008, Smothers was arrested in suburban Detroit. He quickly admitted participating in 12 murders-for-hire, including the ones on Runyon Street, but was only charged with eight. At the time, Sanford had already pleaded guilty and was in custody.
14-year-old Davontae Sanford, half-blind and developmentally disabled, was interrogated by Detroit police without a parent or advocate present, despite it being common knowledge that the younger and more mentally incapacitated a suspect is, the more likely he is to tell officers whatever they want to hear. The DPD has a history of coerced confessions … Eddie Joe Lloyd was DNA exonerated and enjoyed a couple of years with his family before dying prematurely.
It’s a sorry state of affairs when a “hit man” displays more honor than officers, prosecutors and the judiciary.
It’s an even sorrier state of affairs when the mainstream media helps corrupt public servants. The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press stories were too riddled with errors and omissions to post here.