Ex-homicide lieutenant faces perjury charges

DETROIT (AP) - A former Detroit police homicide lieutenant has been charged with perjury for testimony in a quadruple murder case.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office says Tuesday that 63-year-old Bill Rice is to be arraigned Wednesday in 36th District Court. Prosecutors say Rice testified in a 2009 evidentiary hearing as a defense alibi witness.

Davontae Sanford was charged in 2007 in the slayings of four people when he was 14 years old. Sanford pleaded guilty, but his lawyer sought to withdraw the plea. The state Appeals Court sent the case back to the lower court where Rice testified.

Rice and Cheryl Sanford, Davontae Sanford's aunt, were charged last year with conducting a criminal enterprise. They also are accused of providing false information on property to obtain federal funds to quality for mortgages.

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