Brothers will get new trial in Detroit murder case from 1987

Published On: Jul 26 2012 08:03:50 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 29 2012 10:45:40 PM EDT

A judge in Detroit convicted Thomas and Raymond Highers of first-degree murder in the June 1987 death of 65-year-old Robert Karey, who was killed at his home near Detroit City Airport.

DETROIT -

Two Michigan brothers could be set free on bond Monday after spending 25 years in jail on murder charges.

A judge in Detroit convicted Thomas and Raymond Highers of first-degree murder in the June 1987 death of 65-year-old Robert Karey, who was killed at his home near Detroit City Airport.

But the case was reopened when a witness, John Hielscher, came forward saying Karey's killers were black. The brothers are white.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Lawrence Talon ruled Thursday the brothers will get a new trial.

A hearing is set for Monday to determine whether the brothers will be allowed out on bond during the next court process.

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