JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two groups that work to overturn wrongful convictions are asking the Missouri Court of Appeals to reconsider the conviction of a Missouri man who has served more than 22 years in prison for the death of his mother.
Michael Politte was 14 when his mother was burned to death inside their mobile home in Hopewell on Dec. 5, 1998. He spent nearly four years in juvenile detention before being convicted as an adult in 2002 of second-degree murder.
In a petition filed Monday, The Midwest Innocence Project and the MacArthur Justice Center argue Politte was convicted based on debunked science and a biased investigation.
The Missouri Attorney General’s office hasn’t responded to a request for comment.