Detroit Judge Overturns Murder Conviction After Facebook Posting

Posted Jul 31, 2012
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Thomas Highers and Raymond Highers were sentenced to life in prison for the 1987 murder of Robert Karey at his home in Detroit.  The two brothers have served 25 years of a life sentence for the murder and now they are getting a new trial after a posting went up on Facebook.  A local judge overturned the murder convictions last week according to Fox News.

In 2009, a local woman named Mary Evans posted on the Northeast Detroit Alumni page on Facebook about the Highers’ case.  “[All] I said was it’s too bad or it’s sad that the Highers brothers are in prison for life, and that there just started this domino effect,” said Evans in an interview with  The post led to several witnesses coming forward.  The witnesses were in high school at the time and they said that they were at Karey’s house at the time of the shooting.

Four witnesses testified before a judge in March at a hearing.  Two of them testified that they went to Karey’s back door to buy drugs, but were interrupted by several armed black men who rushed to the backyard and ordered them to leave.  One of those witnesses said that they heard a gunshot as they ran back to the car.

This is important for the case because the Higher brothers are white.  The witnesses have claimed that the assailants were black.  The witnesses did not talk to the police because they were “just kids” and did not develop a “moral compass” at the time.

The brothers are now hopeful that a new trial would be able to lead to their exoneration, but the brothers remain in prison without bond for the time.

“I knew this day would come.  It’s just sad it took 25 years,” stated their brother Scott Highers in an interview with  “I know they’ll be home.  It’s just frustrating when.  We want them home ASAP.”

Below is a video put together by about the case: