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Whitmer rejects clemency for man in '86 Port Huron murder

Posted at 4:17 PM, Jan 04, 2021

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has turned down a request to release a man who insists he was wrongly convicted of murder in a college parking lot in Port Huron in 1986.

Whitmer’s staff notified Temujin Kensu’s lawyer last week.

Kensu, also known as Fred Freeman, has been serving a life sentence since 1987.

Kensu insists he was 400 miles away in the Upper Peninsula when Scott Macklem was killed.

Alibi witnesses backed him up.

But the prosecutor summoned a pilot to suggest Kensu could have committed the murder and then dashed back to Escanaba by private plane.

Separately, Kensu’s case is being reviewed by the attorney general’s office.