Davontae Sanford, apparently the subject in one of the videos, was cleared on all involvement in the 2007 Runyon Street quadruple homicides by one of the actual shooters – hit man Vincent Smothers – in 2008.
Smothers has done more to try and free Davontae Sanford than any attorney or journalist. Davontae’s frame-up consisted of Detroit police coercing a false confession out of a mentally challenged suspect, just as they had done years earlier with Eddie Joe Lloyd, who was DNA exonerated after Michigan’s horrific prisons had taken an insurmountable toll on his health – he died within a few years of being freed.
The terms of Eddie Joe Lloyd’s settlement REQUIRED DETROIT POLICE TO RECORD INTERROGATIONS, and although that agreement was already in place, Detroit police claim they did not record their interrogating 14-year-old, half-blind, developmentally delayed Davontae Sanford. Davontae incorrectly identified the weapons used. He tested negative for gunshot residue. There was absolutely nothing that tied him to the drug related “hits,” and had a parent or guardian been present, there is no way that Davontae would have spent so much as a minute behind bars.
Michigan taxpayers have been defrauded of millions to continue to (often violently) persecute a disabled individual, with the permission of Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette. Again, Vincent Smothers’ credible confession, leading to recovery of one of the weapons involved, was in 2008.