MSP Shares Message as Peterson Lawsuit Moves Forward

We have continuing coverage on a northern Michigan man wrongfully convicted of murder, and the lawsuit he’s now pursuing.

Thursday we told you Jamie Peterson’s lawsuit against two state police employees can move forward.

Peterson was convicted of the rape and murder of Geraldine Montgomery in Kalkaska County in 1996.

He was released from prison in 2014 after DNA evidence showed he did not attack Montgomery.

Peterson is now filing a lawsuit against Greg Somers and Mark Uribe.

He’s accusing them of violating his rights.

9&10 News spoke with Michigan State Police Friday, who couldn’t comment directly on the case but did have this message to share.

“Public perception sometimes is that’s a large percentage of the people that are convicted in Michigan are not guilty, when in fact, an examination would show that’s not the case. It’s very rare that someone is convicted without first of all very clear evidence that they’re guilty and second any kind of evidence that they’re not,” said Lt. Travis House.

Somers and Uribe both worked for state police and had key roles in Peterson’s interrogation.

Peterson previously sued the village of Kalkaska and a police officer.

That case was settled last year for $525,000.