Judge: County Can Recover $500,000 in Beaman Case

By: AP
By: AP

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) -- A judge's ruling means McLean County can recover $500,000 it spent defending itself against a lawsuit filed by a man who served 13 years in prison before being cleared in a 1993 murder.

According to The Pantagraph in Bloomington, Macon County Judge A.G. Webber ruled earlier this month that State's Self-Insurers Risk Retention Group Inc. should pay any costs over $250,000 under a policy held by the county. The county spent $750,000 defending itself in the now-dismissed lawsuit filed by Alan Beaman.

Beaman served 13 years in the murder of Illinois State University student Jennifer Lockmiller before DNA evidence pointed to other suspects.

A lawyer for the company did not respond to a request for comment. The company has argued the case against Beaman predates the insurance policy.


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