Man convicted of conspiracy, acquitted of murder in slaying of witness in Detroit freeway case

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ANN ARBOR, Michigan — A Washtenaw County jury has found a 24-year-old man guilty of conspiracy but not murder in the killing of a 28-year-old man scheduled to testify in a Detroit freeway shooting case.

The Ann Arbor News reports ( ) Lawrence Mathews was convicted of charges including conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. He was acquitted of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Brandon Charles of Ypsilanti Township in January 2013.

A jury earlier found Mathews' cousin, 32-year-old Willie Wimberly, guilty of first-degree murder and other charges in the killing.

Charles was one of two people wounded following a traffic confrontation on Interstate 94. He had been scheduled to take the stand in the preliminary examination of Wimberly and another man charged in the shooting.

A co-defendant was acquitted and another pleaded guilty and is in prison.

Information from: The Ann Arbor News,

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