Note to the reader:
Dawn Duvall, the subject of this news story, descends from Ignace Joachim Thuot dit Duval, who was born in 1751 and moved in the late 1700s to the territory that later became Monroe County, just south of Detroit, in Michigan. Ignace Joachim was a son of Thomas Ignace Thuot dit Duval, born in 1725, from whom we also descend. If you are a great-great grandchild of Charles and Sarah Duval, you are a 7th cousin to Dawn.
Dawn Duvall’s family has experienced problems for a while. Her grandfather died in prison. Her father, Raymond Wilbur (“J.R.”) Duvall, was convicted of murder and is serving a life sentence, as described in the “true crime” book, Darker than Night: The True Story of a Brutal Double Homicide and an 18-Year-Long Quest for Justice, by Tom Henderson. At least three of her uncles have also been imprisoned, including Rex Wayne (“Rexy”) Duvall, convicted of criminal sexual conduct with a 15-year-old girl.