Man convicted in 1994 double homicide loses another bid to have case reviewed

Man convicted in 1994 double homicide

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A man in prison for a 1994 shooting that killed two people and injured three others has lost a bid to have his case reopened.

Acting as his own attorney, Kenneth Colvin Jr. asked the Michigan Supreme Court to grant him a new trial based on new evidence.

In a one-page order issued this week, justices denied the request.  The state Court of Appeals essentially told him the same thing last December.

Colvin and his brother were convicted for their roles in a June, 1994 shooting inside a home Neland Avenue south of Franklin Street SE.  Police say they went there looking for lottery winnings.

Colvin was convicted of multiple offenses, including two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder. Now 48, he is at the Chippewa Correctional Facility in Kincheloe.

His younger brother, Kelley Colvin, now 42, was convicted of two counts of felony murder. He is serving a mandatory life term at the Ionia Correctional Facility.

Investigators say the brothers went to the Neland home after learning one of the people there recently won $7,700 in a lottery game, court records show.

Kenneth Smith and Cassandra Tillman were killed. Three others were shot and wounded in an upstairs bedroom. The brothers fled with a large bowl of marijuana found in the kitchen, court records show.

Kenneth Colvin asked the Supreme Court to re-open his case based on new evidence involving a .38 caliber handgun linked to the shootings.

 “I am totally innocent of this crime as I was not involved directly or indirectly,’’ Colvin wrote.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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