On December 10, 2021, I was granted a New Trial based on, Newly Discovered Scientific Evidence and a Brady Violation. Never, would I have imagined that briefly dating someone would land me in prison serving multiple life sentences.
My Story: A woman I was dating was the victim of a home invasion, robbery and sexual assault. Afterwards a sexual assault kit was prepared, six months later CODIS identified me. I was not identified as being her assailant, but she denied having a relationship with me because she was in a relationship. Based on my DNA being present and her denials I was charged. I admitted to dating the victim, before the assault and denied all involvement. Six months later I faced a jury with two other defendants I never met a day in my life and a jailhouse snitch falsely implicating me.
New evidence surfaced and proved the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office was utilizing this snitch, suborning perjury, the Court agreed. Darrell Siggers, CEO of Legal Access Plus, provided me with key documents identifying the expert utilized by the prosecution, MSP DNA Analyst Lynne Helton, who was found to have violated MSP proficiency testing policy by cheating on proficiency testing, the Court agreed. According to sealed documents obtained between the years of 2001-07 MSP DNA analysts were encouraged to cheat on required proficiency testing.
DNA Expert Dr. Karl Reich was retained, to review Helton's analysis and conclusions, he opined that Helton's scientific methods were unreliable, bias, based on junk science to bolster the prosecution's theory of the case against me, the Court agreed. We also were informed that the DNA profiles were not completely analyzed by Helton which included my DNA, the victim's, and an unidentified person's DNA profile. Lastly, that Helton failed to compare this unidentified profile to the other four suspects DNA samples. My defense included, that I was not the assailant, but that the unidentified male DNA profile was the assailant, thus the unidentified DNA profile which supported my innocence. We proved that the victim was sexually active with two individuals before the sexual assault kit was collected, a consensual partner (My DNA) and the assailant (unidentified DNA), the victim was proven a liar based on science.
Private Investigator Scott Lewis was essential, he contacted the wife of the late Attorney and Forensic Expert Brian Zubel. Zubel's life mission was to discredit the MSP Forensic Division, his wife located and provided his files which we provided to the Court's as irrefutable Brady materials supporting that Helton had suppressed exculpatory evidence in criminal cases and that MSP suppressed her prior history of forensic misconduct. She is currently employed as a DNA Supervisor at MSP.
I want to thank my friend and attorney Mary A. Owens, who never gave up on me and fought endlessly for justice. We hope this information can be useful in exposing MSP's lack of transparency, oversight, and integrity. Reach me at WWW.jpay.com
Charles Ray Smith #484290
Carson City Correctional Facility
10274 Boyer Rd.
Carson City, MI 48811