Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EST
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit pastor is seeking to raise money for at least 13 men who were wrongly convicted to give them a fresh start. United Kingdom Church Pastor Terrence Devezin says he set up a GoFundMe page named “Justice for the Michigan 13” aiming to raise $260,000 to give the men $20,000 apiece. Michael Powels is among the 13. He served 12 years for a murder he was wrongfully convicted for in 2007 and says that the fund could help with housing, work, clothing needs and other “basic necessities.”
PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A home that was teetering on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan has been demolished in western Michigan. Workers used an excavator on Friday to raze the Park Township home just north of Camp Geneva, sending some debris down a steep cliff into the lake. WOOD-TV reports that erosion linked to high lake levels had washed away much of the bluff, leaving the home’s underside hanging out over the lake and collapsing part of its foundation.
DETROIT (AP) — A man accused of killing a university police officer in Detroit was ordered to remain behind bars during his latest competency hearing. Raymond Durham has been found not competent to stand trial multiple times and on Friday a judge rejected his petition for release, ordering Durham to remain incarcerated. The 63-year-old is charged with first-degree murder in the November 2016 shooting death of 29-year-old Collin Rose, who was a sergeant with the Wayne State University police department.
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan woman who pleaded no contest to charges that she starved three horses to death has been sentenced to two months in jail. A Muskegon County judge also sentenced 43-year-old Bobbi Jo VanKoevering on Friday to three years of probation, during which time she cannot keep any animals where she lives. The Ravenna woman had pleaded no contest last month to felony animal abandonment/cruelty. VanKoevering was charged in April after authorities found three dead horses on her property.