Families hopeful as pair seeks new trial in ’99 killing»

Earnestine Smith says she knows her son is not a murderer and hopes Wednesday’s hearing before the Michigan Supreme Court will lead to his release from prison after nearly two decades.

Former WJBK-TV (Ch. 2) reporter Scott Lewis, now a private investigator, tracked down Skinner, who has testified that Scott and Johnson are not the ones who killed his mother.

Lewis found out about the Johnson and Scott case while he was at WJBK and has been working on it ever since.

“I was shocked when I read the entire police file and all the transcripts,” Lewis said. “I just couldn’t believe that Justly was in prison for life with such flimsy evidence.”

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