McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers says a judge has removed the county from a civil lawsuit brought by once accused murderer Alan Beaman. The State Supreme Court overturned Beaman's murder conviction in the death of ISU student Jennifer Lockmiller after Beaman spent more than a decade in prison. Beaman sued the county, Town of Normal, and individual police officers and prosecutors in civil court for malicious prosecution. Courts generally find it difficult to find against public officials who are pursuing their duty. And previously, former prosecutors Jim Souk and Charles Reynard were dismissed from the case. Both Souk and Reynard later became judges. Souk has since retired. Now, Sheriff's Deputy John Brown has been taken out of of the proceedings. Still remaining are five current and former Town of Normal police officers and detective and the Town itself. Town Attorney Steve Mahrt says a motion for summary judgment in favor of the town was filed July 31st. Another court has awarded Beaman a certificate of innocence, which allows him to seek compensation for the years he was held in prison.
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