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Freed man sues after serving 26 years in prison
A man who was freed after serving 26 years behind bars is suing police and prosecutors.
The federal lawsuit by David Gavitt — who served time in the arson deaths of his wife and two young daughters — against state fire marshal's investigators, Ionia police and Ionia County prosecutors was filed Monday.
The lawsuit says the defendants conspired to create a false case against Gavitt, who now lives in Portage.
Messages were left Tuesday with the Ionia public safety director and county prosecutor. A state police spokeswoman said the agency doesn't comment on pending litigation.
Killed in the 1985 fire were Gavitt's wife, Angela, and his 3-year-old and 11-month-old daughters. Gavitt was hurt in the blaze, which authorities at the time said he set.
Gavitt was freed in 2012 after efforts by the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School.