Brothers Imprisoned for 25 Years for 1987 Shotgun Killing Released From Prison

Two brothers, Thomas and Raymond Highers, were released from prison on Monday evening, August 13th after spending 25 years in the William Dickerson Detention Facility in Hamtramck for the 1987 shotgun killing of Robert Karey, a crime the two say they did not commit. About 30 family members and friends were there to greet brothers, both 46-years-old, as they walked out of the facility.

Detroit criminal defense lawyers know that innocent individuals are put behind bars frequently. In this case, the two brothers steadfastly maintained their innocence over the 25 year time span. Thomas and Raymond Highers plan to live with their aunt, Janet Hirth, in Roseville.

As the two reunited with family and friends, emotions ran high – particularly with younger brothers Scotty Highers, 39 and Michael Highers, 42. Thomas Highers stated upon his release that he had nieces he was never able to see. There were many aunts, uncles and other relatives the two men had not seen during the 25 years they were incarcerated.

One year after Robert Karey’s death, the brothers were convicted of the crime based on what Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Talon believes was essentially the testimony of a single eyewitness. Talon believes that new witnesses who have come forth may yield different results at a retrial. Currently, the pretrial is set for August 29, 2012.

Prior to the Highers brothers being released, Talon set a $10,000 bond. Thomas and Raymond Highers were ordered to abide by a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, avoid contact with felons, avoid consumption of alcohol and to attend AA meetings.

Assistant Prosecutor Ana Quiroz said that their office intends to retry the Highers brothers and will take the case to the Supreme Court if necessary.


Michigan homicide defense attorneys urge those who have been arrested for murder or homicide to contact a seasoned lawyer right away. Without effective legal guidance and representation, you could be facing life behind bars or even worse if convicted. Don’t put your life and freedom in jeopardy.

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