ROCKFORD - The Rockford native who spent 13 years in prison for murder enjoyed his first day of freedom back at home.
13 News first told you Thursday night that Beaman was released on bond from the McLean County Jail after his murder conviction was overturned last month.
Now beaman says it will take time for him to get reaquainted with his family and childhood home, but he is ready to begin a new chapter in his life.
"I took the dog for a walk to watch the sunrise...it was a good night at home," said Beaman.
As Alan Beaman looks back on the 13 years he spent in prison, he says it was a time to grow up and find faith in God. "It has built character. And I met a lot of people throughout this whole experience that I wouldn't have met otherwise. I am looking for the silver lining still," said Beaman.
Beaman's parents Carol and Barry are thrilled to finally have their son home. "It's been a lot of fun watching him wake up from his Rip Van Winkle period. First time talking on his cell phone...first time using a real glass for the first time," said Carol Beaman.
Even though Beaman's conviction was overturned, he's still charged with his ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Lockmiller's death. The McLean County state's attorney plans to retry his case. Until then Beaman and his family plan to enjoy the time they have.
"We can get to a state of normalacy in a few weeks probably. Just understand what we each want out of life. How I can help him and those sorts of things," said Alan's older brother Kelly Beaman.
Beaman's status hearing is set for July 2 in McLean County. Beaman's attorney Karen Daniel says she plans to present new evidence about Beaman's alibi at the time of Lockmiller's murder.
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