Judge makes Chicago man's innocence official


Urbana -- A Champaign County judge has signed a petition declaring a Chicago man innocent of the murder of a 3-year-old girl.


Andre Davis' spent decades in prison for the 1980 killing before his conviction was overturned.


Judge John Kennedy signed Davis' innocence petition Wednesday. Champaign County prosecutors said earlier this month they wouldn't oppose Davis' request for the petition.


Davis was released from prison last year after DNA evidence that wasn't available at the time of his trial helped overturn his conviction in the 1980 rape and murder of Brianna Stickle of Rantoul. The town is about 20 miles north of Champaign.


Davis is now 51 and living in Chicago.


The innocence petition will allow Davis to receive about $200,000 in state compensation.

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