Beaman Appeal Before Supreme Court

By: Alice Barr
By: Alice Barr

The Illinois Supreme Court hears the appeal Tuesday of a Rockford man who says he was wrongly convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend.
Alan Beaman has spent the last 13 years in prison for the murder of Jennifer Lockmiller in Bloomington-Normal. His last two appeals were turned down.
Beaman and his attorneys have long said phone records place him in Rockford shortly before the crime and that he couldn't have made it to Bloomington-Normal when the murder was commited.
The state's highest court declined to take on Beaman's appeal once before. Monday we sat down with Beaman's mother for an exlusive interview about her hopes from the court now.
"This time there was something in the case that they found of interest and hopefully they will find the answers they're looking for and agree with us that Alan should be free," says Alan Beaman's mother Carol.
Carol Beaman tells 23 News the court was crowded with her son's supporters Tuesday. The 50 minutes of oral arguments heard will be posted online soon. It could be several months before the court issues a ruling.


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