Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST
DETROIT (AP) — A real estate developer who recently bought the Detroit mansion owned by late singing legend Aretha Franklin plans to renovate the home. Anthony Kellum, president of Michigan-based Kellum Mortgage, announced Tuesday he purchased the 5,600-square-foot (520-square-meter) brick home adjacent to the Detroit Golf Club that fetched $300,000 in a sale last month. Kellum says he plans to update and renovate the home built in 1927.
DETROIT (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit over the death of a Marine recruit from Michigan who killed himself after a confrontation with a drill instructor. Federal Judge Arthur Tarnow expressed “strong reservations” Tuesday but said he must follow legal precedent, which bars civil litigation in military deaths. Raheel Siddiqui died in 2016 at Parris Island, South Carolina. There was evidence that drill instructors beat, choked and kicked recruits.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is expressing “great disappointment” in General Motors after the automobile giant announced it would be cutting thousands of jobs. National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow says the White House’s reaction was “a tremendous amount of disappointment maybe even spilling over into anger.” General Motors Co. says it’s abandoning many of its car models and restructuring to focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.
DETROIT (AP) — A man who was quickly convicted of murder only after a suburban Detroit judge replaced a juror to end days of discord has been granted a new trial. Melvin Wofford argued that his rights were violated when Oakland County Judge Michael Warren removed a juror who apparently had doubts about Wofford’s guilt. Federal Judge Laurie Michelson said he deserves a new trial. Michelson says it’s possible that jurors turned on a fellow juror simply because she didn’t agree with their views.