Prosecutors Drop Charges in 1976 Murder

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DNA evidence failed to support the case against Michael Evans and Paul Terry in the death of Lisa Cabassa. The men spent 27 years behind bars before they were released on bond in May.

But Cook County prosecutors filed new murder charges against the men. Now Cook County State's Attorney Richard Devine says the case no longer meets their "burden of proof.''

The girl's body was found in a Chicago alley in the early morning hours of January 15th, 1976.

Evans and Terry were both 17 at the time. Although no physical evidence linked them to the crime, they were convicted in 1977 and sentenced to 200 to 400 years in prison.

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