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Prosecutor defends case after man is freed

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IONIA, MI (AP) -

A Michigan prosecutor is defending how her office handled the case against a young man who spent eight years in prison before his guilty pleas, made when he was 15, in four fatal shootings were thrown out.

Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy said during a news conference Thursday that her staff wasn't "running rogue" and trying to railroad Davontae Sanford. She said she acted swiftly after state police found problems with the Detroit police investigation in the 2007 killings.

Sanford was 14 when the killings occurred. He was imprisoned in 2008. Sanford walked out of prison Wednesday, after a judge erased the guilty pleas at Worthy's request.

A hit man, Vincent Smothers, says he committed the so-called Runyon Street murders and was willing to testify to help clear Sanford. Worthy says Smothers has twice refused to testify in court.

This item has been corrected to show Sanford was 14 at the time of the killings, but 15 when he pleaded guilty.

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