McLean Co. Dropped from Beaman Lawsuit

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) -- McLean County officials say they're no longer defendants in a federal lawsuit filed by man whose murder conviction was overturned after he spent 13 years in prison.

McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers tells The BloomingtonPantagraph that's because the claims against the county were "baseless."

The central Illinois county has spent more than $500,000 defending itself against the lawsuit filed by Alan Beaman.

He was convicted of the 1993 strangulation death of his former girlfriend, Illinois State University student Jennifer Lockmiller. But the Illinois Supreme Court reversed his conviction in 2008 based on DNA testing that pointed to two previously unknown potential suspects.

Beaman's lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from a retired judge and a current judge, as well as several current and former law enforcement officials.

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