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Michigan Innocence Clinic files appeal for man convicted of murder

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KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The University of Michigan Law School Innocence Clinic has filed to have a judge look into what they call the wrongful conviction of a man in a 1990 double-murder case.

Jeffery Titus was convicted in 2002 for the murders of Doug Estes and Jim Bennett while hunting in Kalamazoo County. The Clinic's David Moran says, however, the two investigators that originally cleared Titus in the initial investigation were never consulted, and Titus also had an alibi that he was himself hunting in Calhoun County when the murders took place.

"There was never a shred of physical evidence, or really any credible evidence, that Jeff Titus had anything to do with the killing of these two men who were killed in deer hunting season on November 17th, 1990," said Moran to the media outside the 9th Circuit Court in downtown Kalamazoo Tuesday morning. Moran was joined by the two detectives that conducted the original investigation, retired Kalamazoo County Detectives Roy Ballett and Bruce Wiersema.

Moran also added that the investigation determined that the victims were killed with two different types of ammunition. The group hopes a judge will take up the case.

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