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Davontae Sanford
State: Michigan
Background
The Detroit newspapers broke another evolving story of a juvenile who not only may have falsely confessed to a multiple murder, he pled guilty to the crimes and received a sentence of up to 90 years. Davontae Sanford was a developmentally disabled 14 year old boy when he was arrested and charged with the murders which took place in connection with the robbery of a drug house. After he pled guilty at age 16, Sanford’s appellate attorney, Kim McGinnis, learned that another man had confessed to the crime. That man, Vincent Smothers, is a known hit man, who is wanted in connection with numerous other murders including the contract killing of the wife of a Detroit police officer. Although police are discounting his confession at the moment, the crime bears many of the signature traits of Smothers’ killings, including the same weapons.
Sanford’s confession, upon close inspection, is filled with errors, including a mistake about the kinds of guns that were used. Police released all of the other co-defendant's who Sanford had named for lack of evidence. The confession was obtained during early morning hour interrogation sessions with the boy conducted without a parent or guardian present. Here, the boy’s initial interrogations were not recorded and the only portion that was recorded contained footage of a police officer going over a transcript of the earlier interrogation with Sanford.
Update: July 21, 2009
After ballistic testing, bullets found at the scene have been connected back to the known hitman, Vincent Smothers. The prosecutor is now forced to argue that this hitman hired a one-eyed, 14-year-old boy to help him, and then this boy then wandered up to policemen in his pajamas to report the crime.
Update: November 6, 2009
Davontae Sanford now has an alibi to further support how his claim that his confession and guilty plea to a quadruple murder. William Rice, a retired Detroit Police Commander and veteran of 25 years on the force testified on October 28 that Sanford was with him at a family member's house when the killings occurred.
Update: March 16, 2010
It is the theatre of the absurd in a Wayne County Courtroom. Davontae Sanford, a 14 year old mentally retarded boy when he confessed to killing four people in a drug house in Detroit, clearly did not commit the crime he confessed to and pled guilty to. The crime was later confessed to by Vincent Smothers, a notorious hitman, who has already confessed to killing at least 10 people in vivid detail. Smothers named his accomplice in some of these killings –Ernest Nemo Davis. Police have not arrested Davis and continue to argue that Smothers must have used Sanford, who is not only mentally retarded but is blind in one eye, as his accomplice. The case bears all of the markings of a Smothers’ hit, right down to the ballistics evidence and the gangbusters style of the shooting, to the fact that many of Smothers’ other hits were on the same block. As the article below indicates, the tide may be turning in Sanford’s favor. For the second court date in a row, a Detroit policeman has taken the stand and called into question the veracity of the confession. At the last hearing, an officer provided an alibi for the boy and today, a second officer vouched for the reliability of Smothers’ confessions and described the Sanford confession as “weak.” Here’s hoping that the judge does the right thing and vacates this conviction sooner rather than later so that the boy can spend the remaining years of his adolescence on the streets.
Update: April 26, 2010
Davontae Sanford is innocent. The mentally disabled teenager confessed to killing four people during a shoot-out at a drug house. One retired police officer has already stepped forward to find an alibi, and now a second police officer has raised questions about the police investigation (a move that could not have been popular among his peers). The reason we know that Sanford’s confession is false: a serial contract killer Vincent Crothers has confessed to the crime and provided accurate details that only the true perpetrator could have known. Meanwhile, the case drags on as prosecutors are making Sanford’s post-conviction lawyers jump through needless hoops.
Update: May 13, 2010
This is getting insane. The idea that a hit man would have anything to do with a mentally limited 14 year old who is blind in one eye is absurd. Two police officers have raised concerns about a wrongful conviction (one who gave an alibi and a second who testified that Sanford’s confession was unreliable) and now a third police officer had testified that the hit man admitted that Sanford was innocent. This trial judge should grant the motion for a new trial now, vacate Sanford’s conviction, and leave it to the State to decide if they want to retry the boy in light of all of the newly discovered evidence of his innocence.
Update: June 30, 2010
A hearing today to determine whether a police investigator can testify for Sanford that his confession is unreliable.
Update: July 23, 2010
Vincent Smothers will remain behind bars for the rest of his life, but, despite his confession, he still remains uncharged in the quadruple murder for which Davontae Sanford is serving his time.

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ONE CHILD AT A TIME Davontae Sanford Story
Abuse of Youth In the age of Politically corect you would imagine a child would be one of the most protected of our most vulnerable members of Society. Organisations have grown in strength protecting the abused, the neglected and the at risk, how is it then a child has escaped the radar of such organisations for far too long? Davontae Sanford was 14 yrs old the night a hitman engaged in his next contract killing, just streets away from his home. In the midst of a murder enquiry, the intensity that was surrounding Runyard Street Davontae Sanford was transfixed. In his eagerness to please he stepped forward, telling an elaborate story regarding the killings and in his childlike mind could never of imagined he was now the prime suspect. Children have extreme difficulty in differentiating between reality in their own mind and external reality. When a teenager with learning difficulties displays these childlike qualities it can be interpreted as truth, we assume they are old enough to know the difference between fact and fiction, Davontae was such a child whose physique blinded the Police to his disability. But does this mean he should spend his young life behind bars? knowing the truth from the mouth of the hitman himself, Davontae was not involved in this crime. We read everyday of innocent grown competant and able men held in the prison system for crimes they did not commit, if they fight so hard for the truth to be heard then surely a child has little hope especially one with learning difficulties of ever being heard. We must ensure this child's voice is echoed throughout the halls of Juvenile Justice, treat this child as your own, fight for him, in all conscience who of us could sleep knowing we had the tools of advocay at our disposal and remained silent? Make the difference one child at a time, be the voice of Juvenile Defendants, No Child belongs behind Bars!!
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Former Detroit police official accused of perjury in '07 homicides

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Report could help effort to free special needs teenager who confessed to 2007 drug house shootings
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Who is Davontae Sanford?

Who is Davontae Sanford? He is Detroit's Forgotten Child. Innocence raped in the grips of overzealous cops and a prosecutor who doesn't give a damn about justice or innocence. She wants Detroit to forget Davontae!! To ignore her great evil misdeeds and sweep the case under the carpet. And your silence has made it all possible Detroit. Until it happens to your child - of course. BUT she suffered a MAJOR defeat at the Michigan Court of Appeals when that court granted Davontae relief on every issue he raised but one; namely whether Private Investigator Linda Boris can testify as to the details of the murders that Vincent Smothers confided in her --as he has to CNN; the Associated Press; his attorney and last but not least to Detroit Homicide investigators. Davontae cross-appealed that issue at the Supreme court. Smothers wants to confess on the record to clear Davontae for the four murders he did not commit. What does Smothers have to gain by confessing to a crime that he knows will get him a mandatory life sentence? Nothing! But Kym Worthy has a lot to lose if he does. Millions of dollars in civil liability and her integrity (which isn't much) for WRONGFULLY convicting that young boy! And Detroit? You are okay with this? Well we can't wait for sleepers to wake up from a dream. Fortunately one appeals court made up of all conservative judges by the way ruled in Davontaes favor. The prosecutor appealed that decision to the Michigan Supreme Court where we are now in a,wait and see hold for the high court. I am cautiously optimistic however that given the fact the three judge panel who ruled in Davontaes favor were all conservatives the state high court which is majority conservative will deny Worthy's appeal. And then the ugly court battle will begin. She will NOT be able to stop Smothers from confessing on the record and convince the trial judge to sustain Davontaes convictions. There are many lawyers on both sides. Smothers will flip her case upside down and she knows it. Hence her reason for fighting to stop him. Treacherous and devious she is.Roberto Guzman

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Who is Davontae Sanford?

Who is Davontae Sanford? He is Detroit's Forgotten Child. Innocence raped in the grips of overzealous cops and a prosecutor who doesn't give a damn about justice or innocence. She wants Detroit to forget Davontae!! To ignore her great evil misdeeds and sweep the case under the carpet. And your silence has made it all possible Detroit. Until it happens to your child - of course. BUT she suffered a MAJOR defeat at the Michigan Court of Appeals when that court granted Davontae relief on every issue he raised but one; namely whether Private Investigator Linda Boris can testify as to the details of the murders that Vincent Smothers confided in her --as he has to CNN; the Associated Press; his attorney and last but not least to Detroit Homicide investigators. Davontae cross-appealed that issue at the Supreme court. Smothers wants to confess on the record to clear Davontae for the four murders he did not commit. What does Smothers have to gain by confessing to a crime that he knows will get him a mandatory life sentence? Nothing! But Kym Worthy has a lot to lose if he does. Millions of dollars in civil liability and her integrity (which isn't much) for WRONGFULLY convicting that young boy! And Detroit? You are okay with this? Well we can't wait for sleepers to wake up from a dream. Fortunately one appeals court made up of all conservative judges by the way ruled in Davontaes favor. The prosecutor appealed that decision to the Michigan Supreme Court where we are now in a,wait and see hold for the high court. I am cautiously optimistic however that given the fact the three judge panel who ruled in Davontaes favor were all conservatives the state high court which is majority conservative will deny Worthy's appeal. And then the ugly court battle will begin. She will NOT be able to stop Smothers from confessing on the record and convince the trial judge to sustain Davontaes convictions. There are many lawyers on both sides. Smothers will flip her case upside down and she knows it. Hence her reason for fighting to stop him. Treacherous and devious she is.Roberto Guzman

 #justicewillprevail#FreeDavontaeSanford#Detroit

 

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Detroit Hitman (Again) Confesses to 4 Murders in Attempt to Free Innocent Man

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Davontae Sanford was 14 at the time of the murders. His lawyers say he falsely confessed to accept a plea deal. Now they are accusing Detroit’s criminal-justice system of hiding from the truth.
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the have nots don't have Affluenza as a reason for being not found guilty of 4 murders like the HAVES did even if it is 4 murders he did not commit! Who said the Justice system was equal for ALL is WRONG there is the Haves and the have nots justice away 

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Finley: Free Davontae Sanford

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Davontae Sanford has spent 8 years locked up for murders he did not commit. He should not spend another day in prison.
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HAVES let DEVONTAE SANFORD out! of prison serving time fora crime he didnot commit! haves not his FREEDOM from imprisonment yet! but just expecting any day Now!

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Free Davontae Sanford 2015 Time For Change Bring Me Home Enough Is Enough !

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The police know it. The prosecutors know it. The courts know it. Anybody who reads the court records and police reports knows it.
This could have been any one of us, or any one of our children who was falsely arrested, railroaded, and imprisioned. If we let this stand, who will be next?
Demand that the prosecutors stop covering up their frame-up of this innocent child and come clean. Demand that Davontae be freed to come home
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The New Yorker: A Detroit Hitman and a Teen Who Confessed to 4 Of His Murders

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The New Yorker features a story about a Detroit hitman who confessed to 8 murders including the wife of a cop. The hitman claims a teen falsely confessed to some of the murders.
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Court Says Cop Can Bring Whistleblower Case Against Kwame Kilpatrick

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A Detroit police officer who was demoted for investigating claims that former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick had a relationship with a ring of hit men has won a legal victory.
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How Many More Days Justice 4 Davontae Sanford 2016 Time For Change Bring Me Home Enough Is Enough !

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Who is Davontae Sanford?

Who is Davontae Sanford? He is Detroit's Forgotten Child. Innocence raped in the grips of overzealous cops and a prosecutor who doesn't give a damn about justice or innocence. She wants Detroit to forget Davontae!! To ignore her great evil misdeeds and sweep the case under the carpet. And your silence has made it all possible Detroit. Until it happens to your child - of course. BUT she suffered a MAJOR defeat at the Michigan Court of Appeals when that court granted Davontae relief on every issue he raised but one; namely whether Private Investigator Linda Boris can testify as to the details of the murders that Vincent Smothers confided in her --as he has to CNN; the Associated Press; his attorney and last but not least to Detroit Homicide investigators. Davontae cross-appealed that issue at the Supreme court. Smothers wants to confess on the record to clear Davontae for the four murders he did not commit. What does Smothers have to gain by confessing to a crime that he knows will get him a mandatory life sentence? Nothing! But Kym Worthy has a lot to lose if he does. Millions of dollars in civil liability and her integrity (which isn't much) for WRONGFULLY convicting that young boy! And Detroit? You are okay with this? Well we can't wait for sleepers to wake up from a dream. Fortunately one appeals court made up of all conservative judges by the way ruled in Davontaes favor. The prosecutor appealed that decision to the Michigan Supreme Court where we are now in a,wait and see hold for the high court. I am cautiously optimistic however that given the fact the three judge panel who ruled in Davontaes favor were all conservatives the state high court which is majority conservative will deny Worthy's appeal. And then the ugly court battle will begin. She will NOT be able to stop Smothers from confessing on the record and convince the trial judge to sustain Davontaes convictions. There are many lawyers on both sides. Smothers will flip her case upside down and she knows it. Hence her reason for fighting to stop him. Treacherous and devious she is.Roberto Guzman

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Davontae Sanford has been in prison for nearly nine years for a crime he did not commit. In 2007, Sanford, a partially blind, developmentally disabled 14-year-old child, was interrogated by police after four people were murdered on Runyon Street in his neighborhood. He was questioned twice without the presence of his parents or an attorney. In the second of his two statements, he implicated himself as one of the shooters, but later “told a psychologist that he had made it all up because the police had told him he could go home if he would ‘just [tell] them something.’”

Two weeks after Davontae was convicted of the crime, another man confessed and gave unknown details of the murder and led authorities to one of the murder weapons. However, hitman Vincent “Vito” Smothers was never charged in the quadruple homicide for which Mr. Sanford now wastes away in prison. According to the Marshall Project, although Smothers denied Sanford’s involvement in the murders, prosecutors offered him a shorter sentence for all of the 12 murders he had confessed to if he promised not to testify in Sanford’s defense.

What more do officials need to be convinced that this is a horrible miscarriage of justice and that Davontae Sanford should not be behind bars? Please join me in asking Gov. Rick Snyder to grant Sanford clemency and free him from his unjust 39-year sentence.

Sanford’s trial lawyer had a long record of incompetence and has since been suspended from practicing in the state of Michigan. For reasons still unknown, Robert Slameka decided not  to even challenge Sanford’s confession in court, even though it was clear that his age and disability, and the way it was acquired, should have raised blaring red flags.

Vincent Smothers is now serving time for having several murders. After having told police that he was responsible for the crime Davontae was being punished for, he spoke these words in an interview with the Associated Press:  

“He’s not guilty. He didn’t do it… I understand what prison life is like; it’s miserable. To be here and be innocent – I don’t know what it’s like. He’s a kid, and I hate for him to do the kind of time they’re giving him.”

It is shocking that such compassion came from a man responsible for killing a dozen people, while the prosecutor and judge in Davontae’s case seem  incapable of the same.

Please join me in standing up for justice. Ask Gov. Snyder to do the right thing and grant Davontae Sanford clemency. One day in jail for a crime you did not commit is too long, nine years is a nightmare. Let’s help end Davontae’s nightmare.
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#Thewrapupmagazine: Free Davontae Sanford

#Thewrapupmagazine: Free Davontae Sanford | ONE CHILD AT A TIME Davontae Sanford Story | Scoop.it

"The Wrap-Up Magazine" this news is streaming from Detroit. A amn is being held without reasonable dout. Detroit — The lengthy battle to free a man who was convicted of a quadruple homicide at age 14 continued Wednesday with a team of attorneys filing a motion in Wayne Circuit Court seeking a new trial. The prosecutor appealed that decision to the Michigan Supreme Court where we are now in a,wait and see hold for the high court. There are many lawyers on both sides. The crazy thing is, a man takes responsibility for killings who was arrested. Smothers wants to confess on the record to clear Davontae for the four murders he did not commit. What does Smothers have to gain by confessing to a crime that he knows will get him a mandatory life sentence? Posted by Nieman Marcus 

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#WaPoGate: There is no duel; the kid's still unarmed. #FreeDavontaeSanford

#WaPoGate: There is no duel; the kid's still unarmed. #FreeDavontaeSanford | ONE CHILD AT A TIME Davontae Sanford Story | Scoop.it
A hit man, a teenager and a case of dueling confessions in a brutal murder - The Washington Post Sanford had pleaded guilty to the crime just a month earlier. The high-schooler, who had an emotiona...
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Hit Man Says He, Not An Imprisoned Teen, Is Responsible For 4 Murders

Hit Man Says He, Not An Imprisoned Teen, Is Responsible For 4 Murders | ONE CHILD AT A TIME Davontae Sanford Story | Scoop.it
DETROIT (AP) — An imprisoned hit man has signed a chilling affidavit taking responsibility for four murders at a Detroit drug house in a renewed effort to free a young man who pleaded guilty to the same killings at age 15, attorneys said Wednes...
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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, January 6, 6:05 AM

Haves impose fear and the have nots confess to crimes they did not commit! It's better to live and say yes I did it than say no and death knock at your or your family or love one door Haves style because you chose not to confess to crimes you know you didn't commit! Fear and intimidation imposed get results only the imposer and the imposed upon fully understand! 

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DAVONTAE SANFORD MOVES GIANT STEP CLOSER TO FREEDOM AS INNOCENCE CLINICS COME TO HIS AID

DAVONTAE SANFORD MOVES GIANT STEP CLOSER TO FREEDOM AS INNOCENCE CLINICS COME TO HIS AID | ONE CHILD AT A TIME Davontae Sanford Story | Scoop.it
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Prison Culture » Image of the Day: Girls in Solitary, 1946-49

Prison Culture » Image of the Day: Girls in Solitary, 1946-49 | ONE CHILD AT A TIME Davontae Sanford Story | Scoop.it
Tags: juvenile detention, photographs, torture, women in prison, youth criminalization, youth incarceration. categories Juvenile Justice, Solitary Confinement, Torture, Visual Art, Women in Prison, Youth incarceration | prison ...
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Was an Innocent Boy Arrested for a Hit Man's Murders?

Was an Innocent Boy Arrested for a Hit Man's Murders? | ONE CHILD AT A TIME Davontae Sanford Story | Scoop.it
Which confessor to the murders was actually there on Runyon Street? The hit man, or the fourteen-year-old with no real criminal past who had a reputation for making things up and talking big at school?
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Judge: Teen can't withdraw guilty plea in 2007 quadruple murder

Judge: Teen can't withdraw guilty plea in 2007 quadruple murder | ONE CHILD AT A TIME Davontae Sanford Story | Scoop.it
The 'patently false evidence' of Detroit's former top homicide cop helped sink a Detroit teenager's bid to withdraw his guilty plea to a 2007 quadruple murder, a Wayne County Circuit Court judge ruled Tuesday.
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PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION for Davontae Sanford ...THEN ...PLEASE SHARE THIS OUTRAGEOUS STORY OF INJUSTICE! - Freewayenterprise.com

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION for Davontae Sanford ...THEN ...PLEASE SHARE THIS OUTRAGEOUS STORY OF INJUSTICE! - Freewayenterprise.com | ONE CHILD AT A TIME Davontae Sanford Story | Scoop.it
COME ON GUY'S THERE IS 473 PEOPLE IN DAVONTAE'S GROUP & MANY MORE ON HIS OTHER SUPPORT PAGES BUT YET ONLEY 237 ON HIS NEW PETITION WHERE IS THE SUPPOR…...
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Bullying And Suicide: The Dangerous Mistake We Make

Bullying And Suicide: The Dangerous Mistake We Make | ONE CHILD AT A TIME Davontae Sanford Story | Scoop.it
Tyler Clementi killed himself in 2010 after his roommate at Rutgers University filmed him kissing another man. Phoebe Prince, a 15-year-old girl who moved to the U.S.
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Fighting for Justice Radio Call-In - Freewayenterprise.com

Fighting for Justice Radio Call-In - Freewayenterprise.com | ONE CHILD AT A TIME Davontae Sanford Story | Scoop.it

By Seek Justice
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 12:00 until 13:00
We are asking Davontae's supporters to call in to the "Fighting for Justice" program and ask hosts to cover details and developments in Davontae's case. Call-In line: 313.298.1200

In the Detroit area listen on your radio AM-1200 and FM 99.9FM

Outside Detroit area listen over Internet stream:
http://wchbnewsdetroit.com/?get-streaming-audio-player=1
Fighting for Justice Radio Program

Hosted by Richard Bernstein

Next Scheduled Shows Tuesdays, Feb 21 & 28 from Noon to 1 p.m.
on WCHB-1200, Detroit

Fighting for Justice will examine wrongful convictions and other social justice issues. It is hosted by Richard Bernstein who is no stranger to taking on the issues that discriminate against people who have less. Richard is a highly acclaimed and accomplished lawyer in the Detroit area.

The first show, Jan 3rd, featured Ken Wyniemko, a friend and advisor of Proving Innocence. Ken is an exoneree who spent 8.5 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Since his exoneration, Ken has worked tirelessly to institute legislative reforms to change the system, as well as supported exonerees in their difficult challenge of readjusting to normal life outside of prison.

As the weeks roll on, periodically, Ken will continue the series, but we have no schedule as such. When Ken is on, Proving Innocence's site is one convenient place you can come to where you will find a widget that will stream the program live. But in the event that you miss a show or want to review others, we will record and archive all the shows that deal with wrongful convictions.

Listeners are encourage to call in to 313.298.1200 to ask questions of Richard or his guest or to express your own views on the subject.

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