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Court ruling might open door for bail in murder cases

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Posted at 12:23 PM, Apr 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-24 12:23:33-04

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals is breaking new ground with a decision that could lead to people staying out of jail while awaiting a murder trial.

The appeals court says a restrictive state bail law conflicts with the Michigan Constitution. The court says the constitution gives judges discretion to release people on bail.

Reginald Davis is charged with first-degree murder in a drive-by shooting in Detroit. Davis was granted bail by a judge after his lawyers argued there was no physical evidence against him and that testimony from a witness was inconsistent.

Davis remains in custody because more appeals are possible.