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    Vacate life sentence for man convicted in 2000 fire killing 5 kids


    Pontiac — Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said Tuesday an independent probe found possible ethical violations by an assistant prosecutor and new evidence leading her to recommend the vacating of a life sentence for a defendant in an April 2000 fatal arson fire. 

    Juwan Deering was convicted on Aug. 1, 2006, in the fire on Pasadena Street in Royal Oak Township that killed Taleigha Dean, 10; Craig Dean, 8; Aaron Dean, 7; Eugene Dean, 5; and an 11-year-old friend, Michelle Frame. 

    In light of newly discovered evidence, Deering, now 50 and having served 14 years in prison for the crimes, could move to have his conviction vacated or seek a new trial.

    “Defense attorneys will file to have the conviction vacated, and we will recommend that as well,” McDonald said at a Tuesday press conference. “The special prosecutor does not believe Deering got a fair trial, and I agree. She plans to file a request to the court to have it vacated and dismissed.”

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