Illinois man wants lawsuit to be heard by judge outside his judicial district

BLOOMINGTON - An Illinois man who was imprisoned for murder before DNA evidence cleared him of any wrongdoing says he wants a judge outside his judicial district to hear his lawsuit accusing authorities of malicious prosecution.

The lawsuit was filed against the city of Normal and three police officers by Alan Beaman, who said they conspired to frame him for the death of his girlfriend.  In a court filing, Beaman's attorney argues that the case should be heard outside the 11th Judicial Circuit because there is the potential for conflict of interest.

Beaman spent 13 years in prison following his conviction in the 1993 strangulation death of Illinois State University student Jennifer Lockmiller.  The Illinois Supreme Court reversed his conviction in 2008.

The city and officers have denied the allegations.

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