Trial planned on Beaman's innocence petition


Champaign -- An Aug. 6 date is set for a trial on the petition to be declared innocent filed by a man who spent more than 13 years in prison after being convicted of stabbing and strangling an Illinois State University student.


Alan Beaman was serving a 50-year sentence when the Illinois Supreme Court reversed his conviction in the 1993 death of Jennifer Lockmiller.


Beaman's is one of about 25 petitions filed since 2008 under a state law that allows people convicted of crimes to ask a court for a finding of innocence after their convictions have been reversed or vacated.


Most innocence cases don't go to trial; McLean County prosecutors are opposing Beaman's petition.


The trial will be heard by Champaign County Judge Jeffrey Ford.

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