Wrongfully Convicted Illinois Man Wants Jury To Hear Claims

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TUSCOLA - An attorney for a man wrongfully convicted of an Illinois State University student's murder has argued that a jury should hear claims that three Normal police officers botched the investigation.

 Alan Beaman of Rockford served 13 years for the slaying of Jennifer Lockmiller of Decatur before DNA evidence pointed to other suspects and his conviction was vacated by the Illinois Supreme Court. He's seeking more than $50,000 in a lawsuit against the town of Normal and three police officers who have since retired.

The lawsuit accuses the officers of ignoring other potential suspects and evidence that supported Beaman's alibi of being in Rockford when Lockmiller was killed.

A judge on Tuesday took the city's motion to end the lawsuit under advisement and should issue a ruling in about two weeks.

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