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Man’s conviction in ’12 shooting overturned

The Detroit News

A man found guilty of shooting at a group of people during a fight between two families in 2012 will be freed from prison after his conviction was vacated Monday.

Judge Gregory Bill of Wayne County Circuit Court approved a joint request to dismiss the charges against Marwin T. McHenry from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and the University of Michigan’s Michigan Innocence Clinic.

McHenry, 25, had been sentenced in October 2013 to 16 to 27 years in prison on charges of assault with intent to murder, felonious assault and felony firearm.

He had been convicted of firing into a group of people July 10, 2012, while visiting his then girlfriend, Tanisha Harris, and their infant son, according to court records.

While he was there, at least five women from the Bohanen family drove over to confront Harris and her sister Alexis Woodward, along with their mother, Tanisha Woodward.

When the two groups met in the street, a man with a long black gun came from behind a car belonging to the Woodwards and fired at the Bohanens.

One of them, Onjdua Bohanen, was hit in the knee. She initially told police James Bosley might have been the gunman, but later she and two relatives told officers that McHenry had been the shooter, according to court records.

At trial, the three Bohanens identified McHenry as the man who fired the shots, while Tanisha Harris said Bosley — her brother — was the gunman. The jury convicted McHenry.

The prosecutor’s office said in a statement Monday it began investigating the verdict in the fall of 2014.

In September 2014, two of Bosley’s relatives signed statements saying he had been the shooter. In February 2015, three other witnesses testified in investigative subpoenas that Bosley had fired the shots.

McHenry’s request for a new trial was denied in the summer of 2016, but in October, Bosley signed a confession saying he had shot at the Bohanens, according to court records.