He's serving life for a fatal fire he says he didn't set – and evidence may now prove it

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Anthony Kyles: New details in 1995 Pontiac, Michigan, house fire

A fire destroyed this Pontiac, Mich., home on Sept. 11, 1995. A man and three of his children were killed. Their mother and three other children escaped.
  • Anthony Kyles received a life sentence in connection with the deaths of four people in a 1995 house fire in Pontiac, Michigan.
  • But details that emerged after Kyles’ sentencing – including conflicting expert insight about how the fire started and a key witness recanting – call his conviction into question.

PONTIAC, Mich. – Anthony Kyles started serving his life sentence 24 years ago for firebombing a house in Michigan and killing four people, including three young children. 

He insists he’s innocent.

Evidence has emerged in his case raising fresh doubts about his guilt. A fire expert reexamined the case and determined the initial investigators “committed a grave error” concluding the fire was arson. A key witness has recanted, saying he lied to the jury about what he saw. And now, a Detroit Free Press investigation found that the witness appears to have received a break in his own criminal case despite a prosecutor’s assurance to Kyles’ jurors that he did not. 

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