Hit Man Convicted Of 8 Murders Says He Killed Others

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A Detroit hit man, in prison for eight murders, says he’s willing to publicly take responsibility for four more to help clear a young man who claims he’s innocent of the slayings.

Vincent Smothers’ testimony would be the most crucial evidence yet to try to persuade a judge to throw out Davontae Sanford’s guilty plea and free him from a nearly 40-year prison sentence.

Sanford, who is learning disabled, was 14-years-old at the time of his conviction as an accomplice in a series of murders, including the execution-style shooting of a Detroit officer’s estranged wife.

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