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GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- When a Grand Rapids woman met Walter
Oliver Jr. two years ago through a mutual friend, she didn’t know
much about his background. The woman didn’t know that Oliver, a
man she referred to as “Bub,” spent 23 years in prison for setting
a house in Kent County on fire in the 1980s. Or that he had twice
been convicted in Tennessee of sending threatening mail.
Those details and more have come to light since she ended a
“friends with benefits” relationship between the two, in October.
Oliver left notes with friends of the 40-year-old woman, and also
with her mother, she told a Grand Rapids...

Attorney: Andrew Rodenhouse
Article By: Heidi Fenton | hfenton@mlive.com
on January 18, 2013

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- A Plainfield Township man whose pit bull mix
attacked a 9-year-old girl in August has rejected a plea deal in his
criminal case and opted instead to appear before a jury.
Salvatore Pizzo Jr. is charged with being the owner of a dangerous
animal that caused injury, allowing an animal to stray and being
the owner of an unlicensed animal. The first charge is a possible
4-year felony.
Prosecutors offered to dismiss the second two charges in
exchange for a guilty plea to the felony...

Attorney: Jessica Kuipers
Article By: Heidi Fenton | hfenton@mlive.com
on November 21, 2012

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) - An attorney says new expert
opinions about child abuse could have cleared his client of a
3-year-old's murder.

Leo Ackley of Battle Creek was convicted last year in the 2011
death of Baylee Stenman. He was sentenced to life in a state
prison without the possibility of parole.

Ackley's new lawyer Andrew Rodenhouse said Ackley's
original defense attorney failed to call a witness who may have
helped convince the jury that Baylee's...

Attorney: Andrew Rodenhouse
Article By: Joe LaFurgey | WOODTV 8
on Monday, September 9, 2013

Attorney: Andrew Rodenhouse
Article By: WZZM 13
March 3, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- There will be a three week delay in
the legal case against the man suspected of killing a college
student from West Michigan.

Marquay McCoy's preliminary hearing was supposed to be held
Monday but the officer who arrested McCoy in Grand Rapids
last month was not able to attend. That pushes the hearing
back until at least March 24.

McCoy, 19, is suspected in the January 31 death of Michigan
State University student Dominique Nolff. He ...

Attorney: Andrew Rodenhouse
Article By: WZZM 13
December 20, 2013

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The preliminary hearing started this
morning for three men facing charges related to a 2012 murder
in Grand Rapids.

Tory Overstreet, Craig Hureskin, and Jeffrey Slaughter Butler
are facing charges related to Jason Cherry's death last
December. The hearing was postponed when the lawyer for one
of the defendants who was supposed to testify did not show up.

Last month, a jury found Tamaine Foster ...

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A powerful group that
tries to prove the innocence of people who they feel have been
wrongfully convicted is going to bat for a convicted murderer
accused of killing a West Michigan toddler, and now the Michigan
Supreme Court is stepping in as well.

The case surrounds the death of 3-year-old Baylee Stenman,
who was killed four years ago. A jury says her mother's
boyfriend, Leo Ackley was behind the act.

But now, there's a strong push for a new trial. "I love Baylee
very much," Ackley said. "I'm innocent...

Attorney: Andrew Rodenhouse
on January 30, 2015

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investigation uncovers the child abuse convictions of dozens of
people in Michigan are now being called into question.

And the tragic death of a three-year-old little girl has opened up
new conversations about whether innocent people are sitting in
prisons for crimes they did not commit.

The calls to 9-1-1 her family made July 28, 2011 give a glimpse
into the last hours of 3-year-old Baylee Stenman's life.

"And what happened," the operator asks. "She bumped her head,"
says the caller. Now, four years later Leo... 

Attorney: Andrew Rodenhouse
on May 12, 2015