Illinois Supreme Court ruling revives Alan Beaman lawsuit

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) The Illinois Supreme Court has revived the lawsuit a Rockford native exonerated of murder charges filed against the town of Normal and three former police officers.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports the high court’s Thursday ruling sends Alan Beaman’s case back to 4th District Appellate Court in Springfield for more consideration of Beaman’s claims against the investigators. The lawsuit alleges the town and officers conspired to frame Beaman.

The Illinois Supreme Court reversed Beaman’s murder conviction in the 1993 strangulation death of his ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lockmiller. Beaman had served more than a decade in prison. The state later dismissed charges against him. He has received a certificate of innocence and a pardon.

Beaman attorney David Shapiro called Thursday’s ruling “important precedent.” Town attorneys have argued that letting jurors consider the accusations could set a negative precedent for police.

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