A Peoria County judge has ordered DNA testing for several pieces of evidence used to convict a man who served 30 years in prison for a murder he has long proclaimed he didn't commit. The attorney for Johnnie Lee Savory of Peoria said his client was "through the roof" because of the ruling Tuesday by Circuit Judge Steve Kouri.
Joshua Tepfer, an attorney with the Northwestern University's Center on Wrongful Convictions, says Savory has fought for more than 20 years for DNA testing of the evidence. Savory was convicted in the stabbing deaths of 19-year-old Connie Cooper and her brother, 14-year-old James Robinson in June 1977 at their Peoria home. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn commuted Savory's sentence in 2011, ending his parole. Savory was released from prison in 2006.
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