Man accused in 1996 Kalkaska murder cold case back in courtroom
KALKASKA, Mich. - A man serving a life sentence for the murder of a northern Michigan woman is asking a judge to throw out the 1998 conviction.
Lawyers from the University of Michigan's Innocence Clinic are returning to a Kalkaska County courtroom Wednesday. They say Jamie Peterson's conviction was based on false statements made during police interviews.
DNA evidence has led to charges against another man, Jason Ryan. His trial is scheduled for December.
But state police say the new developments don't exonerate the 39-year-old Peterson. Investigators believe there was more than one person involved in the sexual assault and death of 68-year-old Geraldine Montgomery in Kalkaska in 1996.