'95 robbery on docket at Mich. Supreme Court

By: AP
By: AP

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A furnace repairman in prison nearly 20 years for armed robbery is getting his day at the Michigan Supreme Court.

William Garrett's case has bounced many times up and down the state's court system. He was convicted in 1995 of armed robbery after an 86-year-old Plymouth woman identified him as the man who cleaned her furnace and returned a few days later to rob her.

But the fruits of the robbery were never found on Garrett, and tire tracks at the victim's home didn't match his vehicle. Garrett says his lawyer failed to call a key alibi witness. The victim also had memory problems.

Garrett wants a new trial. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments Wednesday and will consider whether Garrett has demonstrated a significant possibility of actual innocence.

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