murder http://michiganradio.org en Attorneys hope for new trial for Michigan man convicted of 1996 murder http://michiganradio.org/post/attorneys-hope-new-trial-michigan-man-convicted-1996-murder <p>Attorneys today&nbsp;will ask for a new trial for a man convicted of a 1996 rape and murder in Kalkaska.</p><p>They say new evidence raises serious doubts about the man’s guilt.</p><p>Jamie Lee Peterson is serving a life sentence for the 1996 murder of Geraldine Montgomery. He did confess to the crime, but he later recanted.</p><p>Last year, authorities arrested another man after DNA evidence connected him to the crime.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 11:10:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16316 at http://michiganradio.org Attorneys hope for new trial for Michigan man convicted of 1996 murder Group calls Michigan's African-American homicide rate a public health crisis http://michiganradio.org/post/group-calls-michigans-african-american-homicide-rate-public-health-crisis <p>African-Americans in Michigan are murdered at one of the highest rates in the nation. That's according to a study from the<a href="http://www.vpc.org/"> Violence Policy Center.</a></p><p></p><p>The Center says 31 of every 100,000 black Michiganders was a homicide victim in 2011. That's twice the national rate for blacks and seven times the rate for Americans overall.</p><p></p><p>Josh Sugarmann is the Center's executive director. He says this is part of a public health crisis in America.</p><p></p> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 18:59:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16182 at http://michiganradio.org Murders in Flint down more than 20 percent this year http://michiganradio.org/post/murders-flint-down-more-20-percent-year <p>Flint has seen a drop of more than 20 percent in the number of murders this year compared to last year's all-time high of 67.</p><p>Unless there is a new murder on New Year's Eve, Flint will close 2013 with 52 homicides. That is the lowest number since 2009.</p><p>James Tolbert is Flint's chief of police. He attributed the decrease to increased patrolling, use of data to target hot spots of criminal activity, and increased arrests of those with outstanding warrants.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:03:54 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15850 at http://michiganradio.org Murders in Flint down more than 20 percent this year The kid or the hit man: who killed 4 people? http://michiganradio.org/post/kid-or-hit-man-who-killed-4-people <p></p><p>The Michigan Court of Appeals today heard the case of a 14-year-old boy convicted of four murders.</p><p>The court is considering evidence that the now 20-year-old man&nbsp;may be&nbsp;innocent.</p><p>In 2007, four people were shot in a Detroit neighborhood.</p><p>Police picked up Davontae Sanford, a partially blind, developmentally-delayed 14-year-old.</p><p>They held him for questioning without a parent or attorney present.</p><p>Sanford confessed and was given decades in prison.</p><p>Then, a convicted hit man, Vincent Smothers, said he - not Sanford - committed those murders.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 22:27:01 +0000 Kate Wells 13863 at http://michiganradio.org The kid or the hit man: who killed 4 people? People in Grand Rapids working on ways to curb spike in homicide rate http://michiganradio.org/post/people-grand-rapids-working-ways-curb-spike-homicide-rate <p>There have been nine murders in the last thirty days in Grand Rapids. That’s almost as many as the state’s second largest city sees during an average year. But the community is working on a game plan to fight the violence.</p><p>Friday morning about a thousand people gathered at Messiah Missionary Baptist Church. They prayed and they made plans for many smaller meetings over the next 60 days.</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:38:20 +0000 Lindsey Smith 10848 at http://michiganradio.org People in Grand Rapids working on ways to curb spike in homicide rate Local government and religious leaders in Michigan call for more federal gun control laws http://michiganradio.org/post/local-government-and-religious-leaders-michigan-call-more-federal-gun-control-laws <p>Government and religious leaders from Lansing, Flint and Saginaw came together today to call for new federal gun control laws.</p><p></p><p>All three cities saw an increase in murders in 2012.</p><p></p><p>The group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, wants the federal government to require background checks for all gun sales. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;It also wants a ban on assault weapons and an expansion of gun trafficking laws.</p><p></p><p>Darnell Earley is Saginaw’s city manager.&nbsp; &nbsp;He says something must be done to stop what he calls “neighborhood warfare.”</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:58:15 +0000 Steve Carmody 10758 at http://michiganradio.org Local government and religious leaders in Michigan call for more federal gun control laws Grand Rapids pastor calls for end to killings http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-pastor-calls-end-killings <p><br>GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A Grand Rapids pastor is calling on city residents to step up and play a role in reducing violence in the city.<br><br>Clifton Rhodes Junior's comments Friday came in the wake of eight killings in Grand Rapids over the past month.<br><br>At a news conference at police headquarters, Rhodes said: "Our hearts are bleeding right now."<br><br>Rhodes is the pastor at Messiah Missionary Baptist Church. He says clergy, police, business leaders and social-service leaders must work together to find solutions to the problem.<br> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 15:39:00 +0000 The Associated Press 10736 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids pastor calls for end to killings Detroit's murder rate continues to climb http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-murder-rate-continues-climb <p></p><p></p><p>Homicides are trending up in Detroit for the second year in a row.</p><p>The city recorded a total of 411 homicides in 2012, up about 9% from the previous year. That total includes killings deemed “justifiable” by police.</p><p>Detroit mayor Dave Bing says police can only do so much combat pervasive gun violence and a lack of “respect for life.”</p><p>Bing says he’s not sure adding even “1000 more police officers” to Detroit’s ranks would help.</p><p>“There are things happening in homes, and families, in the communities, and the neighborhoods, that whether a cop is there or not, it’s not gonna stop the crime.”</p><p>Detroit’s interim police chief, Chester Logan, agrees that the lack of police presence isn’t the root problem.</p><p>“America has a problem with guns, but the epicenter seems to be here in Detroit,” said Logan, adding that taking a stand against gun violence should be “the new civil rights issue.”</p><p>More than 85% percent of Detroit’s homicides were committed with guns. There were also 1263 reported non-fatal shootings in 2012.</p><p>Both Bing and Logan note that the city’s police ranks have thinned considerably in recent years, due largely to attrition. The department had about 2700 sworn officers in 2011.</p><p>Logan declined to release current manpower numbers, saying only: “We certainly don’t want to frighten anybody, but it’s sufficient.”</p><p>Police say the uptick in homicides belies a decline in some other major crimes, including a nearly 13% drop in burglaries, and a slight decrease in aggravated assaults.</p><p>According to department&nbsp; numbers, “overall city-wide crime is down 2.63% in the aggregate compared to 2011.”</p><p>Bing also vowed to hold “regular press briefings” on public safety issues in the coming year.</p><p>“Future briefings will focus on a comprehensive analysis of homicide trends in the city, case closure rates, and crime reduction strategies in the Detroit Police Department,” the mayor said.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 21:28:37 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10612 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's murder rate continues to climb Report: More Michigan ex-cons killing after leaving prison http://michiganradio.org/post/report-more-michigan-ex-cons-killing-after-leaving-prison <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - More and more Michigan ex-cons are killing people after they leave prison, a problem that the state Department of Corrections and its employees union blame on each other.<br><br> The<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120930/NEWS06/309300022/Lax-controls-leave-ex-cons-free-to-kill?odyssey=tab|topnews|img|FRONTPAGE"> Detroit Free Pres</a>s says 88 probationers or parolees committed 95 homicides in 2010 through Aug. 31, 2012. Ex-cons under state supervision killed 21 people in 2010, 38 in 2012 and 36 in the first eight months of 2012.<br> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 19:30:01 +0000 The Associated Press 9302 at http://michiganradio.org Report: More Michigan ex-cons killing after leaving prison Flint emergency manager welcomes promised state help with violent crime problem http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-emergency-manager-welcomes-promised-state-help-violent-crime-problem <p>Flint&rsquo;s emergency manager is welcoming the governor&rsquo;s pledge to help with the&nbsp;city&rsquo;s violent crime problem.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Snyder promised in Wednesday&rsquo;s State of the State address&nbsp;to work with Flint,&nbsp;Detroit, Saginaw and Pontiac to address their nationally ranked crime&nbsp;problems. The governor will lay out his plan in March.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve asked my police chief and others in our community who are criminal justice professionals to be thinking about how we can best work with the state,&quot; says Mike Brown,&nbsp;Flint&rsquo;s emergency manager.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Flint&rsquo;s crime rate has soared as budget deficits have forced city leaders to lay off police officers in recent years.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Flint police have investigated five murders in the past week. The city set a record&nbsp;for murders in 2010. After peaking at 66 murders in 2010,&nbsp;Flint recorded 55&nbsp;homicides in 2011, with&nbsp;a sharp&nbsp;decline in the number of murders in the second&nbsp;half of the year. Thu, 19 Jan 2012 18:49:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 5863 at http://michiganradio.org Flint emergency manager welcomes promised state help with violent crime problem Michigan State Police stop criminal plot against state lawmaker http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-police-stop-criminal-plot-against-state-lawmaker <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">A state prisons spokesman says a potential kidnapping or murder-for-hire threat from an inmate targeting a Michigan state lawmaker has been detected and stopped.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">Authorities said Friday that the case remains under investigation and no charges have been filed. They say the plot was being developed by a prisoner in a state correctional facility who has since been isolated from other prisoners. It wasn&#39;t immediately known why the prisoner was targeting the lawmaker.</span></p> Sat, 24 Sep 2011 01:12:10 +0000 The Associated Press 4293 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan State Police stop criminal plot against state lawmaker Flint voters split on public safety millages http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-voters-split-public-safety-millages <p>Voters in Flint sent a mixed message on public safety on Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Mayor Dayne Walling was glad to see voters renew a millage that pays for more than a dozen police officers.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;I&rsquo;m very pleased to see the voters have overwhelmingly supported the&nbsp;renewal of our police force.&nbsp; &nbsp;The budget that was proposed to the&nbsp;city council&hellip;every dollar that we projected in that budget will now be able to be expected.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 04 May 2011 04:49:02 +0000 Steve Carmody 2337 at http://michiganradio.org Flint voters split on public safety millages Flint Mayor: The killings and criminals must be stopped http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-mayor-killings-and-criminals-must-be-stopped <p>Flint police believe there may be some link between the city&rsquo;s more than 20 recent homicides.&nbsp; And now, city officials are asking for the public&rsquo;s help. Flint Mayor Dayne Walling set the tone at a news conference Tuesday about the recent surge of murders in his city by saying, &quot;the killings and criminals must be stopped.&quot;</p><p>Flint&rsquo;s murder rate is on pace to set a record. Last year, Flint recorded 66 murders, which was a record. The city already has more than 20 homicides this year.&nbsp;</p><p>Flint Public Safety Director Alvern Lock expresses some frustration at the rising violence.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;You know the only way we could stop a lot of these from happening is if we were standing on the corner when they occur.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Lock says they have suspects or people charged in 14 of the 21 murders in Flint this year. He says police suspect a connection in some of the cases, but they can&rsquo;t prove that connection right now.&nbsp;</p><p>Lock denies that cuts to Flint&rsquo;s police department have played a role in the increase in the city&rsquo;s increase homicide rate. The city has eliminated more than 100 positions in the police department since 2008. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 12:38:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 2056 at http://michiganradio.org Flint Mayor: The killings and criminals must be stopped Report: Flint homicides spread like an epidemic http://michiganradio.org/post/report-flint-homicides-spread-epidemic <p>The <a href="http://www.chronline.org/Flint%20Michigan%20Research%20Report.pdf">Center for Homicide Research</a> published a report on homicides in Flint. It concluded that Flint passed its previous record of 61 homicides (set in 1986) "in large part to a process of contagion."</p><p>In other words, once a homicide occurs, it can spark others, spreading like a disease.</p> Mon, 03 Jan 2011 20:24:15 +0000 Mark Brush 728 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Flint homicides spread like an epidemic Flint mayor to ask for more tax money to fund police http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-mayor-ask-more-tax-money-fund-police <P>Flint has seen it's <A href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1737092/news/Flint.moving.ahead.with.police.layoffs..after.city.breaks.murder.rate.record">murder rate</A> soar this year, while at the same time the city has been forced to layoff police officers.&nbsp; Mayor <A href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dayne_Walling">Dayne Walling</A> has been talking about asking voters to support a new police millage.&nbsp; <A href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2010/12/flint_city_council_to_consider_1.html">The Flint Journal</A> is reporting, tonight Mon, 20 Dec 2010 17:59:28 +0000 651 at http://michiganradio.org Flint mayor to ask for more tax money to fund police Flint breaks 25-year-old murder record http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-breaks-25-year-old-murder-record <p>Just a day after <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/flint-homicide-rate-may-have-reached-record-number">tying a record set in 1986</a>, Flint recorded its 62nd homicide of the year. The body of a man was found slumped over in a car parked on a city street.</p><p>At a news conference this morning, before the latest murder victim was found, Flint Mayor Dayne Walling blamed the spike in violence in his city on the loss of jobs.</p> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 18:58:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 568 at http://michiganradio.org Flint breaks 25-year-old murder record