A judge has thrown out the perjury conviction of a man who was repeatedly hounded by police during an investigation of a girl's killing in southwestern Michigan.
Ray McCann II served 20 months in jail and prison after feeling pressured to plead no contest. He denied any role in the death of 11-year-old Jodi Parrack in 2007 but was interviewed 20 times by police in St. Joseph County.
McCann's conviction was erased Thursday at the request of prosecutor John McDonough. He watched a key piece of evidence: security video from outside a Constantine creamery.
Police clearly had targeted McCann in Jodi's death. But another man, Daniel Furlong, confessed in 2015.
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McCann's case was reopened after an investigation by law schools at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. They also gave credit to WOOD-TV reporter Ken Kolker.