Cleared one day, charged the next

Man sees 1992 rape case dis­missed, but is ac­cused of as­sault

The Detroit News - - METRO - BY ORALANDAR BRAND-WIL­LIAMS The Detroit News

Just one day after be­ing cleared of rape charges for which he spent 22 years in prison, a Detroit man has found him­self back in trou­ble with the law.

Kevin Lackey, 45, was charged Fri­day with do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and weapons charges, ac­cord­ing to the Wayne County Pros­e­cu­tor’s Of­fice.

Lackey was ar­raigned in 36th Dis­trict Court and given a $20,000 bond, 10 per­cent payable. His at­tor­ney for the do­mes­tic vi­o­lence case, Todd Perkins, said Lackey’s fam­ily is try­ing to post bond and get him out of lockup.

Lackey is sched­uled for a prob­a­ble cause con­fer­ence Jan. 18.

Au­thor­i­ties al­lege Lackey phys­i­cally as­saulted his 46year-old live-in-girl­friend while armed with a hand­gun at 10:25 p.m. Dec. 22 at a house in the 17400 block of Lump­kin.

He is charged with felo­nious as­sault, felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm, two counts of felony firearm and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Perkins praised the Wayne County Pros­e­cu­tor’s Of­fice’s han­dling of the case. How­ever, he said the fil­ing of new charges against Lackey a day after he was cleared in the rape case “was like rain on a sunny day.”

Lackey, said Perkins, “is pro­claim­ing his in­no­cence” in the do­mes­tic vi­o­lence case and there will be a “vig­or­ous” de­fense in the mat­ter.

Lackey, who now works re­hab­bing homes for a lo­cal prop­erty man­age­ment com­pany, was re­leased from prison in Novem­ber 2014.

A Wayne County judge dis­missed the rape charges against Lackey after it was de­ter­mined that the ca­nine ev­i­dence used to con­vict him in the 1992 case was faulty.

In the in­ci­dent for which Lackey was con­victed, an 11year-old girl was car­ried her from her bed and sex­u­ally as­saulted on the back porch of her home on July 5, 1992. Fol­low­ing the as­sault, the at­tacker left the house and the girl awak­ened her mother, who called po­lice.

A po­lice dog tracked al­leged ev­i­dence at the scene to Lackey’s home across the al­ley from the girl’s home. The child was not able to iden­tify her at­tacker. Lackey was a fam­ily friend of the girl’s fam­ily and had been at their home many times, but the child did not iden­tify him in a lineup.

Lackey’s at­tor­ney said the dog “went right past” Lackey dur­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and did not pick up any­thing from him.

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