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    Convictions of man sentenced to life for fire that killed 5 overturned

    A judge ruled a man who has spent 15 years in prison for a fire that killed five children was deprived a fair trial and overturned Juwan Deering’s murder and arson convictions Tuesday.

    Deering, 50, will remain behind bars, at least for now, while prosecutors decide whether to dismiss the charges or retry him.

    Oakland County Circuit Judge Jeffery Matis denied a request from prosecutors and defense attorneys to release Deering on bond during Tuesday’s hearing.

    Matis explained that the charges against Deering have not been dropped and the serious charges he still faces could result in life in prison.

    Deering appeared in Oakland County Circuit Court wearing a face mask, handcuffs and blue jail garb.

    “Today’s ruling is that defendant’s constitutional rights were violated depriving him of a fair trial,” Matis said. “And he is entitled, under the U.S. Constitution and state and federal law, to receive a fair trial.”

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