Murder convictions reinstated
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has reinstated the murder convictions of a man who was accused of killing two workers at a suburban Detroit store.
The court says physical and circumstantial evidence against Lavere Bryant was “undoubtedly overwhelming.” The court says he got a fair trial, even if jurors were told about Bryant’s unflattering history of sexual harassment and his sex offender status. A 2016 decision by the Michigan appeals court was overturned Wednesday.
Bryant was convicted of murder in the 2013 deaths of two employees at a Family Dollar store in Dearborn. Bryant was a former employee. The victims of the slayings were Joseph Orlando and Brenna Machus, both 20 years old.
Bryant will continue serving life sentences.