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LaMarr Monson: “It’s mindblowing” to be free 21 years after wrongful murder conviction

David Moran and LaMarr Monson
Lester Graham
Michigan Radio
LaMarr Monson and David Moran at the Michigan Radio studios. Since being released from prison in February, Monson has been working full-time at a real estate firm. He hopes to eventually start his own business.


One week ago, a Wayne County judge told LaMarr Monson to go enjoy his life. In 1996, Monson was wrongfully convicted of killing a 12-year-old Detroit girl named Christina Brown. 

In February 2017, 21 years and 12 days later, a judge overturned his murder conviction, and he walked free. Last week, Wayne County dismissed new murder charges.

“Just to have that weight off your shoulders after so long, it’s mind-blowing,” Monson said about the county’s decision last Friday.

Monson and David Moran, director of the University of Michigan’s Innocence Clinic, which worked to overturn Monson’s conviction, joined Stateside to tell his story.

Listen to the full conversation above.

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