UPDATE: Lawyers support Alan Beaman's lawsuit in wrongful murder conviction

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Updated January 18, 2018, 7:56 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A dozen former prosecutors have filed a brief with the Illinois Supreme Court supporting a man's efforts to sue three police officers and a town over his wrongful conviction for murder.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports that the brief asks the court to grant Alan Beaman's request for a trial. Former Gov. Jim Thompson and best-selling crime author Scott Turow are among the lawyers who filed the brief.

Beaman alleges three former Normal police detectives conspired to frame him in the 1993 strangulation death of his ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Lockmiller. The woman was a student at Illinois State University.

Beaman served more than 12 years of a 50-year sentence. The state Supreme Court reversed his murder conviction in 2008.

The high court reversed its decision to dismiss Beaman's lawsuit last year and granted a petition to consider arguments in the case.


Posted August 8, 2017, 2:04 p.m.

TUSCOLA, Ill. (AP) -- A man wrongfully convicted of a 1993 murder plans to ask the Illinois Supreme Court to review the dismissal of his lawsuit against the town of Normal and three former police officers.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports Alan Beaman claims the town and former officers conspired to frame him. Beaman served 13 years in prison in the death of Illinois State University student Jennifer Lockmiller before DNA evidence pointed to other suspects.

Friday's ruling from the Fourth District Appellate Court leaves in place another judge's previous ruling to dismiss Beaman's lawsuit against the town and former officers. Beaman's attorney says they will ask for the high court review.

The Illinois Supreme Court vacated Beaman's conviction in 2009. He received a certificate of innocence and a pardon and is now living in Rockford.
Information from: The Pantagraph, http://www.pantagraph.com