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Town Of Normal Target Of New Beaman Suit

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:29:02 CDT
By: AP

An Illinois man who was imprisoned before DNA evidence cleared him of murder has filed a new lawsuit accusing authorities of conspiring to frame him for the death of his girlfriend. Alan Beaman was convicted in the 1993 strangulation death of Illinois State University student Jennifer Lockmiller and spent 13 years in prison. The Illinois Supreme Court reversed his conviction in 2008. The lawsuit against the city of Normal and three ex-police officers alleges investigators focused on Beaman as a suspect and ignored other men who may have had motivation and opportunity to kill Lockmiller. In dismissing Beaman's lawsuit in January, a federal ruled his claims didn't show conspiracy.

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