Man convicted in 2001 Detroit killings released

HAMTRAMCK (AP) — A man convicted in a 2001 Detroit double homicide has been released after a judge recently granted him a new trial.

Mubarez Ahmed was convicted in 2002 and served 16 years of a 40-to-60-year sentence. The 48-year-old remarked on “the air, the trees” and “freedom itself” Thursday after his release in the Detroit enclave of Hamtramck. He returns to court Monday.

Ahmed appealed in 2003, but was denied. The Detroit News reports the Wayne County court system’s integrity unit later agreed with the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School that Ahmed’s murder conviction was tainted.

They say alternate suspects in the deaths of Lavelle Griffin and LaTanya White, who were shot in a car, weren’t considered by police. The Innocence Clinic later identified another suspect.