Do defendants deserve DNA experts? MI Supreme Court to decide

A man convicted of murder based on DNA evidence says he deserved to have his own court-appointed DNA expert as part of the defense team. The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether he’s right.

A Detroit police cold case squad used DNA evidence collected from the victim of a 1993 murder to convict Johnny Ray Kennedy 20 years later. Kennedy – already in prison for two other murders — asked for a court-appointed DNA expert. He did not get one. Kennedy says that means the jury was not able to hear a meaningful challenge to the state’s DNA expert.

The state Supreme Court order says it wants to hear why that may or may not have violated Kennedy’s due process rights under the United States and Michigan constitutions.