U.S. District Court Judge Paul D. Boman issued an order allowing Jeff Titus, a 71-year-old retired police officer and Marine who had been unlawfully imprisoned for more than 20 years for a double homicide in Kalamazoo County, to have a new trial and the possibility to be released from prison.
Titus was convicted of killing two hunters in 2002, despite vital details about the possible involvement of an Ohio serial killer being withheld during his contentious trial.
The Michigan Attorney General’s Office opened an investigation after the University of Michigan Innocence Clinic took up the case. Then, the office’s Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) found evidence that was never made available to the defense during the trial.
The CIU and Assistant Attorney General John Pallas were praised for their work and ground-breaking discoveries, according to the Detroit Metro Times.
The CIU’s discovery of fresh evidence overturned an earlier conviction and required a new trial in the case of Jeff Titus and his wrongful conviction was the first instance of this.
The decision to release Titus was supported by Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting, who believed that this was the appropriate course of action.
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Jeff Titus is 71 years old as of 2023.
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The investigation was eventually closed due to a lack of leads over the years, but 10 years later, in 2000, a newly formed cold case team revived the case, utterly refuting the initial findings of the first investigators and immediately pinpointing Titus as the main suspect.
In 2001, Jeff Titus was detained. Prosecutors argued during a contentious trial that Titus had enough time to go to and from the crime site, making his alibi suspect.
Titus was found guilty in August 2002 and sentenced to life in prison without the chance of release. Jeff Titus, 71, was freed from jail in February of this year after serving more than 20 years of a life sentence for the murder of Doug Estes and Jim Bennett in 1990. His guilty verdict was overturned.