Court lets 2 long-imprisoned brothers stay free

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Michigan Court of Appeals has refused to block a lower court order freeing two brothers who spent 25 years in prison on now-reversed Detroit murder convictions.

Thomas and Raymond Highers were accused of shooting a marijuana dealer at a house in Detroit.

On Aug. 13, Wayne County Circuit Judge Lawrence Talon ordered them retried and freed on $10,000 bonds after new witness testimony suggested the brothers may have been misidentified.

Their retrial is scheduled April 22, 2013.

The Wayne County prosecutor appealed, but the appeals court declined Wednesday to reverse it.

Spokeswoman Maria Miller says the prosecutor's office may appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Thomas Highers is 47, and Raymond Highers is 46. They tell The Detroit News ( ) they plan to attend Detroit's Thanksgiving parade.

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