Prosecutors drop challenge in Beaman case


Share
Originally Posted Online: April 02, 2013, 8:41 am
Last Updated: April 02, 2013, 11:44 am
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors in McLean County are no longer challenging a certificate of innocence petition from a man who spent 13 years in prison for the murder of his ex-girlfriend.

McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers said Monday that he made the decision after DNA testing pointed to two male unidentified male profiles that didn't match Beaman, The Pantagraph in Bloomington reports. The 22-year-old Decatur woman was found strangled with a clock radio cord and stabbed in the chest with scissors in an apartment in Normal.

"The testing of these items, believed to be the most valuable potential sources for additional DNA testing, has now been completed. The state of technology in 1993 was not what it is now and the investigation continues," Chambers said.

Beaman spent more than 13 years in prison after being convicted of stabbing and strangling Illinois State University student Jennifer Lockmiller in 1993. The Illinois Supreme Court threw out his conviction in May 2008, ruling that prosecutors suppressed evidence about another suspect. Beaman was released the next month. He had been sentenced to 50 years.

Beaman is requesting the innocence certificate in an effort to clear his name and make himself eligible to seek about $177,000 in state compensation.

Beaman's attorneys with the Bluhm legal Clinic at Northwestern University School of Law praised the prosecutor's decision.

"I applaud Mr. Chambers for reaching this conclusion and hopefully he will work with us to ask that the certificate of innocence be granted by the court," Beaman attorney Karen Daniel said.

Chambers said Lockmiller's case remains open and the investigation into her death continues.
















 



Local events heading








  Today is Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


(More History)