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.
Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon Thursday after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted people of other religions. More>>
KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE WITH A NOAA WEATHER ALERT MONITOR WAND 17 has partnered with Midland Radio Corporation in offering NOAA Weather Alert Monitors. These monitors are available for sale in SchnucksMore >>
The Season of Change from winter to summer can bring dangerous severe weather. That's why StormCenter 17 is dedicating our weather resources to keep your family safe. Through the coming months you willMore >>