McCann Files Lawsuit For Wrongful Conviction
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

(UNDATED) – A St. Joseph County man who was wrongfully convicted has filed a lawsuit.

The Associated Press is reporting that Raymond McCann II, a former Constantine reserve police officer filed the lawsuit on Friday, saying his constitutional rights were violated by several police officers in the county.

McCann was sentenced in 2015 on five counts of perjury in relation to the murder investigation of Jodi Parrack in 2007. He was on the search team that found Jodi's body. He was accused of lying to investigators and was interviewed 20 times.

McCann denied any role in the 2007 murder of the then 11 year old Constantine girl, but says he felt pressured to plead no contest on the perjury charges in 2014. He served 20 months in jail and was released after police arrested Daniel Furlong for the murder.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough sought the decision to vacate and dismiss the conviction against McCann.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel approved a compensation for McCann who received $40,000 under the State's Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act.

McCann's criminal case was re-opened after an investigation by law schools at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University.