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'Reasonable Doubt' examines Grondin murder conviction

Show airs on Investigation Discovery channel June 13th

June 06, 2018
DRYDEN — 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."

KC Grondin (right) and his mom, April, during happier times.
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.

"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.
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    K.C. Grondin
    June 14, 2018 | 11:08 AM

    I was shocked at the investigation into this murder, this is the most obvious miscarriage of justice I've seen to date. How they didn't locate her at her aunt's before sending searchers is the first hint that they had no idea what they were doing, the coercion of the "confession"ť that wasn't a confession is another. I'm confused as to how the jury could find him guilty with such a lack of evidence. I'm not in law enforcement or any form of detective but it's obvious to a layman there wasn't sufficient evidence to convict not to mention the young man's demeanor and obvious love for this poor girl who hasn't gotten justice

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    Justice 4KC and accountability in our Justice system
    June 14, 2018 | 09:32 PM

    I applaud the fight for KC
    It is too bad that the rest of us have to get involved to hold our justice system accountable. Too many times the lack of passion for the truth causes people to be complacent and downright lazy. Only will ourservice agencies be held accountable if we continue to keep a leash on these services. We can trust policy but we cannot always trust the people who enforce the policy. And the only way to enforce policies is to hold those accountable that take their decisions and positions lightly. It's too bad that these things happen but when they do we are called to fight for one in the name of all, holding our justice system on a leash. Praise God the Truth does set us free.

    Kevin Town
    Lake Orion mi
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    July 07, 2018 | 02:02 AM

    Every time I read another story of abuse of power by elected/appointed or assigned individuals in our justice system I experience incredible trauma

    Patricia Fitzner
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    Not guilty
    July 19, 2018 | 03:42 PM

    I have read about this case and I have watched the episode of reasonable doubt now I don't always take show on their merit but this case has one of those that you really have to get to know and as I watched the program there was something about this young man that says he is innocent.
    If we start with their love for each other shows that there was way he could have killed her.
    The next is the text messages there is no proof that there was animosity toward each other no proof.
    Then there is the interagation it proved that the cops had bullied this young man into a confession this young man knew nothing of the crime everything was put into this young mans head he knew absolutely nothing of the crime it showed when the cop mentioned about possible sucicde why would the cop even bring that up if thiey thought this young man exacuted her it makes no sense.
    So I like many other people believe this young man is innocent.

    Robert Smith
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    KC Grodin
    July 26, 2018 | 12:30 PM

    I watched this episode of reasonable doubt and I was truly offended and appalled by the police's interrogation or a better word for it bulling tactics. I can't believe that our justice system tolerates that behavior from our police. They were not interested in getting to the truth but it was all about getting a confession. I am in 100% support of the men & women who serve our communities but they need to be called when they abuse their power.

    Pete Orbovich
    Virginia Beach
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