Hearing scheduled for Detroit man whose murder conviction was thrown out after 45 years in jail
A motion hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. in Wayne County Circuit Court for a man whose murder conviction was thrown out last year after he spent 45 years in jail. Richard Phillips, now 71, was convicted fo first degree premeditated murder in the death of Gregory Harris back in 1971. In 1972, he was sentenced to serve concurrent terms of life in prison without parole, all based on the testimony of the victim's brother-in-law, Fred Mitchell. During a parole board hearing in 2010, the co-defendant admitted that he and Mitchell killed Harris, and that he didn’t even know Phillips at the time of the murder.