Perjury case dismissed, vacated for Ray McCann, who was jailed in Jodi Parrack case


A judge has thrown out the perjury conviction of a man who was repeatedly hounded by police during an investigation of a girl's killing in southwestern Michigan.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough sought the decision to vacate and dismiss a perjury conviction against Ray McCann II, who was for many years a suspect in the 2007 death of 11-year-old Jodi Parrack. McDonough watched a key piece of evidence: security video from outside a Constantine creamery.

McCann served 20 months in jail and prison after feeling pressured to plead no contest. He denied any role in Parrack's death but was interviewed 20 times by police in St. Joseph County.

His case was reopened after an investigation by law schools at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University.

McCann, who was on the search team that found Jodi’s body, pleaded no contest to the perjury charges in 2014, after police accused him of lying to investigators in the case. He was sent to prison for nearly two years, but was released after police arrested Daniel Furlong on murder charges.

After investigators matched Furlong’s DNA to evidence in Jodi’s case, Furlong, of White Pigeon, then 65 years old, pleaded guilty in 2015 to second-degree murder. He was sentenced to serve 30-60 years in jail.

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