Witnesses encouraged to come forward in cases of two Michigan men fighting for their freedom
DETROIT, MI, USA, March 22, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Inquiring Eyes Investigation Firm is a new Detroit-based company that has been around for a year and specializes in criminal defense and appellate investigations. The firm also offers background checks, surveillance, notary services and processing service. Owner and Detroit native Felicia Johnson has over four years of investigative experience and knows firsthand how important private investigators are to the criminal justice system.
“Someone dear to me was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. He served 20 years in prison in Michigan before being fully exonerated for a crime he did not commit,” Johnson said.
Additionally, Johnson says another person very close to her is currently serving a life sentence for a crime he did not commit and is fighting to be exonerated. These two experiences fueled his passion and motivation to pursue a career in private investigation and make a difference.
“There are several stories that reflect these scenarios. Many of these convictions were the direct result of inadequate legal defense. The private investigation is a major part of a thorough defense strategy and plays a major role in uncovering new evidence for appeals,” says Johnson.
With the state of Michigan ranking 5th in the nation for wrongful convictions, Johnson’s private investigation services are in high demand. According to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, between 2% and 10% of all people convicted in US prisons are innocent. In 2020, 20 people who had been wrongfully convicted of crimes in Michigan were exonerated, 13 of whom were from Wayne County. Unfortunately, Detroit has a long history of police misconduct, forensic errors and public corruption. Johnson is optimistic that Inquiring Eyes will help bring about positive change and bring justice to the city.
Currently, Johnson’s firm is focused on bringing to light the criminal cases of two Michigan men, Robert T. Hinds #01-009370-01-FC and Lametrius Jackson #21-008065-01-FC. Hinds, charged with first-degree premeditated murder and felony firearm murder while a minor, was convicted on both counts and sentenced to life in prison without parole at the age of 17 years. He was convicted of murdering Demond Nathan King on May 16, 2001 at a recording studio on Cameron St. in the Eastside of Detroit. After years of maintaining his innocence, Hinds and his supporters uncovered a miscellaneous file kept by the Detroit Police Department via a FOIA request. This file contained exculpatory evidence that had been wrongly concealed from his state-appointed defense attorney during his trial in 2001. In this miscellaneous file, there was an overwhelming amount of DNA and physical evidence to supporting his claim of actual innocence, including an untested hair follicle. with attached root and usable fingerprints that were found at the crime scene, police fact sheets implicating other suspects with a real motive to commit the crime, and credible witness statements. Hinds, who had an alibi at the time of the murder, did not know the victim, was not linked to the crime by DNA and was not picked from the queue by the prosecution witness, eventually was convicted on the basis of the false testimony of the prosecution’s perjury witness. Hinds’ advocacy team says that if this evidence had been provided to his attorney and heard by the jury instead of being wrongfully withheld, he would never have been convicted. Inquiring Eyes seeks new leads to investigate Hinds’ innocence.
Jackson, diagnosed with mental illness, has been charged with first degree murder and is awaiting trial. According to witnesses who spoke with Johnson, a man who repeatedly intimidated, threatened and assaulted Jackson approached him at a bus stop brandishing a knife. Jackson allegedly knocked the man down and stabbed him to death. Local prosecutors have not offered Jackson any type of plea. Inquiring Eyes is diligently investigating this case to determine if there are any other witnesses who saw this incident who can assist in Jackson’s defense and to ensure that the police did not withhold any defense witness statements.
Johnson says she hopes that by encouraging witnesses to come forward with new information, her two clients will receive the justice they deserve sooner rather than later.
“People shouldn’t be afraid to tell the truth about what they know about these cases. The lives of two men depend on people providing information,” Johnson says. “No detail is too small. If you know anything, do not hesitate to contact me.”
Anyone with information about the case of Jackson or Hinds is asked to contact:
Curious Eyes LLC
Belleville MI, 48112
ANGELIA D BILLS
EAGLE PRODUCTIONS, LLC
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