Charges dropped against man accused in 1993 murder

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Shocking developments in the murder of a Decatur woman from more than 10 years ago.

McLean County prosecutors dropped all charges Thursday against a Rockford man who spent more than a dozen years in prison for the 1993 murder of an Illinois State University student before his conviction was overturned. Defense attorneys say dismissal of charges against 36-year-old Alan Beaman was long overdue.

Beaman was convicted in 1995 and sentenced to 50 years in prison in the stabbing and strangling death of his former girlfriend, Jennifer Lockmiller of Decatur.

The Illinois Supreme Court threw the conviction out in May 2008. The court ruled prosecutors violated Beaman's constitutional right to due process of law. The decision cited evidence that implicated a second man that was not presented at trial, as well as weak evidence against Beaman.

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