Rockford man’s murder conviction overturned

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – A man found guilty in a 2017 murder in Rockford has his conviction overturned.

Prosecutors say Jamie Spates shot and killed 27-year-old Isiah Starks October 2017 during a fight with Jamie and his brother, Marcus, after the pair burglarized Stark’s home on Cole Avenue.

In March 2018, Spates was convicted of the murder but granted a new trial just over a year later.

His defense argued Spates did not fire the deadly shot that killed Starks.

On August 2nd, 2021 Spates waived his right to a jury trial. The State elected to re-try him on one of the Murder counts, dismissing the other counts against him.

Two weeks later, on August 18th, the court found Spates not guilty.

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