UPDATED: Brothers Who Got New Trial Might Walk Free Monday After 25 Years Behind Bars
UPDATE: Judge Lawrence Talon said Monday he needed more time to study prison records and have pre-trial services weigh in, and he postponed a decision until at least Aug. 13, which he set for a hearing.
A judge could decide Monday if Thomas and Raymond Highers will go free after being locked up for 25 years.
Their lawyers will ask Wayne County Circuit Judge Lawrence Talon on Monday to set them free. Talon on Thursday tossed out their first-degree murder convictions after new witnesses came forward and raised doubts about the evidence that led to their convictions. The prosecution is appealing that ruling and will ask the judge to keep the men behind bars pending the outcome of its appeal, the Detroit Free Press reported. The prosecution has not made a decision whether to go for a new trial.
"Twenty-five years is too long," Thomas told Free Pres reporter Jim Schaefer Saturday, on a telephone from the Wayne County Jail. "We didn't deserve it."
If they are freed, the brothers have to adjust to a life they haven't experienced in 25 years.
"I've got family members I haven't met yet," Thomas Highers, 46, told Schaefer. "I have grandchildren I haven't met yet."