Detroit bankruptcy puts man's settlement on hold
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 10:50

DETROIT (AP) — A possible settlement for a Detroit man who spent nearly a decade behind bars for a killing he says he didn't commit has been placed on hold because of the city's federal bankruptcy case.

The case of Dwayne Provience is among those on hold after Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr took Detroit into Chapter 9 bankruptcy earlier this month with the blessing of Gov. Rick Snyder, The Detroit News reported ( ) Tuesday.

"It definitely rubs salt in the wound," Provience, 39, told the newspaper during a break from his work as a personal trainer.

Provience's case is like those of a creditor, and Orr's spokesman Bill Nowling said Provience can petition the federal bankruptcy court.

"He still has a case; it's just stayed until the bankruptcy proceedings are done," Nowling said.

Provience has insisted he's innocent of the drug-related homicide. The Innocence Clinic at University of Michigan law school took up the case, and Provience was released from prison in 2009 when a judge threw out his 2001 conviction for second-degree murder.

Police reports that cast doubt on his guilt were never shared at trial. Charges were dismissed in 2010.

Provience sued Detroit and a police sergeant in federal court over his case. Mediators recommended he receive $5 million, but city lawyers two years ago rejected the amount. A judgment or settlement would help him provide for his three children, he said.

"I'm blessed to be out with my kids," Provience said. "I'm trying to make it so that they don't have to go through what I went through and show them an example of how a man can be. It's definitely been a financial struggle. It's hard living in Detroit."


Information from: The Detroit News,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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