ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Three Rockford men who were convicted of murdering an 8-year-old boy ten years ago are one step closer to clearing their names.
A witness who said he saw Anthony Ross, Tyjuan Anderson, and Lumont Johnson at the scene of the crime, may have been lying.
Defense attorneys say they can prove he lied because his telephone conversations in prison were recorded and they have 20 cassette tapes that never made it into evidence in the original trial.
"We've got three individuals who were framed for murder, it was clear they were framed for murder, we've now uncovered tape recordings of the state's star witness, being coached on what to say, talking about police threats that were never disclosed and talking about a deal that no one was told about,” said Defense Attorney Steven Greenberg.
Today Judge Joseph McGraw admitted the jail recordings into evidence. Hearings in this case continue the rest of the week. In the end, the three men could get a new trial, or be freed.