- 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.