Local man wrongly convicted of murder to be set free - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Local man wrongly convicted of murder to be set free

Posted: Updated:
(WJBK) -

Detroit police have been working this case for two years now and say all the evidence indicates Elroy Jones did not commit this crime, and they're hoping he gets released very soon.

"We definitely don't want the wrong person locked up for a crime," says Dep. Chief David Levalley of Detroit police.

But that appears to be exactly what happened to the 34 year old. He's spent seven years of his life behind bars convicted of murdering a man inside this now-vacant apartment building in 2006. He could've spent the rest of his life in prison if it hadn't been for the work of Detroit police.

"Officers brought the information to me that they had interviewed somebody and received some information that led them to believe that we may have the wrong person," says Levalley.

And the right person is still on the streets.

The investigation uncovered a case that many say was handled all wrong. And thanks to the hard work of investigators, Jones attorney and statements from eye witnesses a judge overturned the conviction.

"Sometimes there are wrongs and if you find a wrong you want to correct it," says Sgt. Michael Russell of Detroit police.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear more from Detroit police in a report from Fox 2's Alexis Wiley


Despite the fact that this conviction is overturned, Jones is still in jail. He could even face a new trial. His attorney is hoping that doesn't happen and that Jones will, instead, be released sometime in January.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Grosse Pointe Park's new farmer's market seen by some as a barrier to Detroit

    Grosse Pointe Park's new farmer's market seen by some as a barrier to Detroit

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:25:26 GMT
    Some Detroiters are calling for a boycott of Grosse Pointe Park after the city built a farmer's market that they believe cuts off access to and from Detroit.
    Some Detroiters are calling for a boycott of Grosse Pointe Park after the city built a farmer's market that they believe cuts off access to and from Detroit.
  • Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:51:50 GMT
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.

  • Man shot, killed during carjacking on Detroit's west side

    Man shot, killed during carjacking on Detroit's west side

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:37:16 GMT
    A man was shot to death in an attempted carjacking on Detroit's west side, according to police.
    A man was shot to death in an attempted carjacking on Detroit's west side, according to police.
Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices