June 06, 2018DRYDEN — On the heels of a successful appeal for a new trial, family members and supporters of KC Grondin will gather this evening to see an outsider's take on the 2011 shooting death that ended with a life sentence in prison for KC.
Investigation Discovery (ID), a true crime network television program, will take a look at the October, 2015 conviction of KC for the murder of his girlfriend, Andrea Eilber, 20.
The show, called Reasonable Doubt, kicks off its second season with KC's case. Retired homicide detective Chris Anderson and criminal defense attorney Fatima Silva will deliver their opinion on whether or not KC and his family's assertion that he's been wrongfully convicted of the crime is correct. The segment will be aired on ID at 10 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, June 13). A number of KC's supporters are expected to gather at the Dryden Bar and the Dryden Vets Hall to watch the show.
KC's grandfather, Carl Grondin Sr., says he's excited about the upcoming episode.
He spoke to Tri-City Times while on his way up to the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility, in Ionia, where KC is serving his life sentence for Eilber's murder.
"We think keeping this out in front of the public is important, and a big step for us," Grondin says. "We know there's people out there, even police, who know there's more than one person involved in this, and that KC didn't do it."
The family has hired a private investigator and others who are investigating the circumstances surrounding the murder, adding that it's been their obsession since KC's arrest.
KC Grondin (right) and his mom, April, during happier times.
"This has been a nightmare for our whole family for going on seven years, especially when we know and have detectives who've said there is no way he could have done it," Grondin says.
They're empathetic toward the victim's family, Grondin says, adding that he understands their need for closure.
"We feel pain for Andrea's family, too. We can't compare this to losing a daughter," he says. "We feel confident we're going to solve the case."
Grondin adds that his perspective on the legal system which landed KC in prison has been forever altered.
"It's guilty until you're proven innocent, not the other way around," he says. "If the police say you did something and the prosecutor charges you, you better get a lawyer who will work hard for you."
KC's new lawyer last Tuesday successfully argued for a new trial in the Appeals Court in Lansing, Grondin says KC's conviction has been overturned and he's been granted a new trial. The successful appeal, along with the Reasonable Doubt segment, gives KC and his supporters hope.
"We feel the attorney did a great job (on the appeal) and we're just praying that God's got it all lined up as it should be."
Grondin says he's eager to learn the outcome of the Reasonable Doubt investigators as well.
"We don't know exactly what they're going to say at the end of it, but we know he didn't do it," he says. "I just thank God I'm still alive so I can still fight. We aren't ever going to stop fighting for justice for KC."
The family is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.
About Reasonable Doubt and the June 13 episode
Reasonable Doubt focuses on controversial cases where defendants convicted on murder charges maintain their innocence.
An Investigation Discovery press release describes the June 13th season premier as follows:
"2011 was the year 19-year-old KC Grondin got his first girlfriend. It's also the year he was charged with her murder.
"In the premiere episode airing on Wednesday, June 13 at 10/9c, Chris and Fatima reopen the case to see if KC's family is right to believe that his conviction was a grave injustice, or if the prosecution got it right and KC was an angry teenager driven to kill for lust and money."
Catherine Minolli is Managing Editor of the Tri-City Times. She began as a freelance writer with the Times in 1994. She enjoys the country life, including raising ducks and chickens.