CBS62logoNEW2013_blue_final_header_White wwj950-sm2011b 971-ticket-35smb 35h_CBSSportsRad_Detroit


Man Convicted Of Murdering Hamtramck Women Granted New Trial On Technicality

View Comments
Abreeya Brown and Ashley Conaway.

Abreeya Brown and Ashley Conaway.

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

DETROIT (WWJ) – A man sentenced to life in prison in the February 2012 deaths of two Detroit-area women who were abducted, killed and buried in a park has been granted a new trial on a technicality.

The Michigan Court of Appeals said in opinion released Tuesday that the jury for 29-year-old Brandon Cain wasn’t properly sworn in. Lawyers say a clerk read an oath for prospective jurors instead of one for jurors.

“Because of that, the Court of Appeals says that Mr. Cain now has to have a new trial. He’ll stay in prison, but he gets a new trial,” said WWJ Legal Analyst Charlie Langton. “The prosecutor has said they will appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.”

Brandon Cain (credit: Michigan Department of Corrections)

Brandon Cain (credit: Michigan Department of Corrections)

Cain was convicted of first-degree murder, torture, unlawful imprisonment and felony firearm charges in the murder of 18-year-old Abreeya Brown and 22-year-old Ashley Conaway. The best friends were abducted from their home in a hail of gunfire and stuffed into a car trunk before they were killed in Feb. 2012.

The young women’s bodies were found about a month later in shallow graves in a wooded area near Six Mile and Telegraph roads in Detroit. The women were bound, gagged and shot execution-style. Police believe they were targeted for informing authorities about an earlier shooting.

Cain was considered the “mastermind” in the plot. Four other men were sentenced in the case.

Cousins 26-year-old Reginald Brown and 21-year-old Jeremy Brown received life sentences; 27-year-old Brian Lee was given 45-80 years; and 24-year-old Miguel Rodriguez got 20-35 years.

The Brown cousins are not related to Abreeya Brown.



View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,910 other followers