Beaman Files New Lawsuit in ISU Case

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) -- An Illinois man who was imprisoned before DNA evidence cleared him of murder has filed a new lawsuit accusing authorities of conspiring to frame him for the death of his girlfriend.

Alan Beaman was convicted in the 1993 strangulation death of Illinois State University student Jennifer Lockmiller and spent 13 years in prison. The Illinois Supreme Court reversed his conviction in 2008.

The Pantagraph in Bloomington reports the lawsuit filed in McLean County Circuit Court against the city of Normal and three ex-police officers alleges investigators focused on Beaman as a suspect and ignored other men who may have had motivation and opportunity to kill Lockmiller.

Normal officials have yet to comment on the lawsuit.

In dismissing Beaman's lawsuit in January, a federal ruled his claims didn't show conspiracy.
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Information from: The Pantagraph, http://www.pantagraph.com


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