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Monday, September 18, 2023

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) " The state of Michigan has paid more than $1 million to Jeff Titus as compensation for the 21 years he spent in prison for a wrongful conviction in a double murder. Titus, now 71, told Target 8 he's already cashed the check. "It's like I'm reborn, and I'm starting life all over again," he said on Friday. "It ($1 million) helps, but it doesn't pay me back for all that time I lost." Records show a state Court of Claims judge late last month ordered the state to pay Titus more than $1 million through the Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act. That's $50,000 for every year in prison. It's tax-free, and attorneys don't get any of it.



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They didn't have any physical evidence against this guy.

They convicted him because he was "a hot head" who lived in the general vicinity of a double murder.

#1 | Posted by tres_flechas at 2023-09-18 12:26 PM | Reply

$1M is a joke. It should be $21M, one for every year he had stolen from him. States should have to feel real financial pain when they get it so wrong.
This feel good article doesn't delve into the state having nothing but circumstantial evidence against him. They waited more than a decade to bring charges only after witnesses who were able to place him 27 miles away from his farm at the time of initial investigation could no longer provide reliable testimony because of dementia or other memory issues associated with aging. At the time of his trial in 2002 they had multiple witnesses testify having seen Thomas Dillon, a serial killer who was convicted in 1993 for murdering hunters/outdoorsmen, near the scene of the crime. They also had coworkers of Dillon's who told investigators that they had loaned guns to Dillon for hunting the day of the murders.

#2 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2023-09-18 04:26 PM | Reply

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