Detroit hitman’s chilling affidavit leaves officials with a conundrum: Competing confessions to four deaths

There is no conundrum, there is a media-generated pretense of a conundrum. Vincent Smothers confession is airtight; it led straight to one of the guns used in the quadruple homicide. Davontae Sanford tested negative for gunshot residue; he could not identify the guns (plural) used in the hit; he was 14-years-old, half-blind and developmentally delayed. Per exoneration stats, the young and those with mental health issues are easily coerced into falsely testifying. Detroit Police had years earlier coerced a false confession from Eddie Joe Lloyd for a rape/homicide. Eddie Joe died not long after being DNA-exonerated. The terms of his multimillion dollar settlement required the Detroit Police to record interrogations … but Davontae’s interrogation was not recorded. Davontae and Eddie Joe had in common attorney Robert Slameka, who had told the press that Eddie Joe was guilty, in an ugly manner. I have found no record of him ever apologizing after the exoneration. If we had a print or broadcast media that was worth a damn, Davontae never would have spent a day behind bars: reporters would have asked why a developmentally delayed 14-year-old was interrogated without a parent or guardian present. They would have asked Detroit Police for copies of the interrogation. They would asked why it is that a child walking up to officers at the crime scene, in his pajamas, and asking “what’s going on” could possibly make anyone believe he was a potential suspect. Two adults could and did pull off the Runyon Street Quadruple homicide; one half-blind child never could have. It’s time for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette to serve their constituents instead of their cronies – for a change – and get innocent Davontae out of their hellish prison system.


About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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