Court overturns decision granting new murder trial

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A federal appeals court has overturned a key decision that would have granted a new trial to a man convicted of murder in a Port Huron college parking lot in 1986.

Temujin Kensu's case had support from people in law enforcement and a former Michigan Supreme Court justice. But the appeals court said Friday that Kensu is claiming to have new evidence that doesn't appear to be new.

Kensu was convicted of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Scott Macklem in a parking lot at a community college in Port Huron. The victim had planned to marry Kensu's former girlfriend.

Kensu was known in the 1980s as Fred Freeman. He says he was hundreds of miles away in the Upper Peninsula when Macklem was killed.

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