Walter Forbes was a college student in 1982 when he stepped between two groups f…
Walter Forbes was a college student in 1982 when he stepped between two groups fighting outside a bar in his small Michigan town. One of the men, Dennis Hall, retaliated the next day, shooting Forbes four times. Soon afterward, Hall died in an apparent arson fire. A young mother named Annice Kennebrew later said she saw Forbes and two other men pour gasoline around the building around the time of the fire, according to court documents. Forbes was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Now, after serving almost four decades in prison, Forbes has walked free after Kennebrew recanted her testimony. Weeks after the fire, Kennebrew said two men approached her and pressured her to implicate Forbes and two other men in the arson.
“They threatened to kill my children, parents, siblings, and me if I did not report to the police and testify at trial that I saw Walter and the other two men set the fire,” Kennebrew said in a sworn 2017 affidavit. Tap the link in our bio to learn more about Forbes’ story.
(📸: Imran Syed)
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