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Tapes allowed in trial against men police say killed Rockford boy

DeMarcus Hanson DeMarcus Hanson
Anthony Ross Anthony Ross
Lumont Johnson Lumont Johnson
Tyjuan Anderson Tyjuan Anderson

Three men currently in prison for killing an eight-year-old Rockford boy, claim they are innocent and tapes will prove it.

Anthony Ross, Lumont Johnson, and Tyjuan Anderson were convicted of DeMarcus Hanson's death in April 2002. Investigators say Hanson's uncle Alex Dowthard was their intended target when they opened fire on the house in which Hanson was sleeping.

Dowthard testified that Ross, Johnson, and Anderson were the ones who killed his nephew, but attorneys for the three men claim audio tape recordings of Dowthard in prison show he lied.

Those recordings are said to show police forced Dowthard to place blame on the three men in exchange for dropped charges. Although the state objected, the judge allowed the tapes to be entered in to court as evidence.

All three men will be back in court on November 1, when the state plans to call witnesses to the stand.

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