The Associated Press
A Detroit hit man who pleaded guilty to killing eight people has been granted a lawyer to explore possible appeals.
Mitch Foster says he was recently appointed after Vincent Smothers requested an appellate lawyer.
Foster says he doesn’t know yet if the 29-year-old Smothers has grounds for an appeal or any reason to try to withdraw his guilty pleas in Wayne County Circuit Court.
Smothers is serving at least 52 years in prison for a series of mostly drug-related homicides. He pleaded guilty in June, saying he was a killer-for-hire.
Separately, Smothers told police he was involved in four other killings at a Detroit drug house in 2007. He hasn’t been charged.