UPDATE: Two of the three men accused of murdering a child are free on bond. Anthony Ross and Lumont Johnson both posted $10,000 bail.
Tyjuan Anderson is still being held in the Winnebago County Jail. All three of the men were convicted in the 2002 murder of 8-year-old Demarcus Hanson.
Newly released jailhouse tapes reveal the victim's uncle, a known gang-member, may have lied about their involvement in the crime. As a result, Ross, Johnson, and Anderson will all get a new trial.
UPDATE: The three men who spent ten years in prison for the murder of a child, could soon be walking in the streets.
Anthony Ross and Lumont Johnson have had their bonds set at $100,000. Tyjuan Anderson has to pay a little more as his bond was set at $150,000, due to bad behavior.
Ross and Johnson would each need to post $10,000 cash in order to be released and Anderson would need to post $15,000. They'll be getting a new trial in the 2002 murder of eight-year-old Demarcus Hanson. Hanson was shot and killed as he slept in his bed. His uncle, Alex Dowthard was a rival gang member and was allegedly caught lying on tape about the three men's involvement in their new trial, the tapes will be allowed to be used as evidence.
As part of their bond conditions, the men have a 9 p.m. curfew, aren't allowed to have internet or cell phones, must take random drug tests, and cannot have any contact with each other or the victim's family. They'll be back in court on May 7th.
ROCKFORD (WIFR) – The three men accused of killing an 8-year-old boy while he slept at his grandmother’s house will get a new trial.
A judge ruled today Anthony Ross, Tyjuan Anderson, and Lumont Johnson will get another chance to clear their names in the 2002 Murder of Demarcus Hanson. The defense says the boy’s uncle and rival gang member, Alex Dowthard, lied during the last trial and admitted he lied during taped phone conversations from jail. Those tapes were never used in the first trial, which is why the judge granted a new trial that will begin in April.