Report: Oakwood students question Michigan governor’s clemency ruling in 1986 murder

Two Oakwood High School studying forensic science are looking into the case of Temujin Kensu, formally known as Fred Freeman, according an NBC-affiliated television station’s website. FILE
Two Oakwood High School studying forensic science are looking into the case of Temujin Kensu, formally known as Fred Freeman, according an NBC-affiliated television station’s website. FILE

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OAKWOOD – Two Oakwood High School students are questioning the denial of clemency by Michigan’s governor of a man convicted on a 1986 murder, a Detroit news organization is reporting.

The students in an entry-level high school forensic science class are looking into the case of Temujin Kensu, formally known as Fred Freeman, according an NBC-affiliated television station’s website.

The University of Michigan law school’s Innocence Clinic, joined by public figures, has long argued that he was wrongly convicted of killing a man in a Port Huron college parking lot in 1986.

The Michigan man’s attempt at clemency for a 34-year-old murder conviction has been turned down by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the report on WDIV-TV’s website states.

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After reviewing court evidence, the two students and their classmates have questioned Whitmer’s ruling and have been sending letters pleading for her to reconsider Kensu’s request for clemency, according to the Detroit station.

“Anybody who reads it or hears about it, I feel, like, can agree that it’s pretty bizarre that he even would have been convicted in the first place,” the station quotes one of the students, identifying them only by first name.

Kensu has been in prison for decades for the murder of a college student and many people believe he is innocent.

Another student says “there’s no physical evidence to be able to connect him everything,” WDIV-TV reported.

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