Judge Tosses Lawsuit Over ISU Murder Conviction

By: AP
By: AP

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a man who spent 13 years in prison before DNA evidence cleared him in the murder of his girlfriend.

Alan Beaman was convicted of the 1993 strangulation death of Illinois State University student Jennifer Lockmiller. He was freed in 2008 and DNA evidence pointed to two previously unknown potential suspects.

In 2010, Beaman sued former McLean County prosecutors and former and current police officers in Normal, where Lockmiller was found dead. He claimed former prosecutors and police conspired to wrongfully accuse him. Some defendants had already been dropped from the suit.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports a U.S. District Court judge granted a motion for dismissal last week by lawyers for two former Normal officers, one current officer and the town of Normal.


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