Brothers serving life in prison get new trial after Facebook post

Raymond and Thomas Highers 
By: John Roberts 

One innocent Facebook post can go a long way in saving people.

Two Detroit, Michigan brothers, who have served 25 years of a life sentence for murder, will get a new trial after a message was posted on Facebook.

A judge overturned the convictions of murder last week of Raymond and Thomas Highers, who were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Robert Karey in 1987 at his home in Detroit.

The brothers now face a retrial in the case, an opportunity that could have never happened if not for an apparently innocent post on Facebook.

In 2009, a local woman, Mary Evans, published a post on the Detroit Alumni Facebook page about the case of the Highers brothers.

"All I said was that it is bad or it's sad that the Highers brothers are in jail for life, and that just started this domino effect," said Evans.

The message caused several witnesses to come forward, like former high school students, who said they were in Karey's house the night he was killed.

Four witnesses testified before the judge at a hearing in March. Two of them said that they went to the back door of Karey’s home to buy drugs, but were interrupted by black gunmen, who ran into the backyard and ordered them out.

One of these witnesses also testified that he heard a shot, and they fled by car.

The testimony is key because the Highers brothers are white, not black as witnesses said the attackers were.

Lawyers for the brothers said none of the witnesses went to the police because the witnesses were "just kids" at the time and had not developed "a moral compass."

Now, the family of the brothers is hoping for a new trial that could result in their exoneration. However, the brothers still remain in jail without bail.



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