Men convicted of murdering Rockford boy want case thrown out - – Rockford’s News Leader

Men convicted of murdering Rockford boy want case thrown out

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

The three men convicted of killing eight-year-old DeMarcus Hanson have been trying to get their conviction thrown out for over a year. Closing arguments in the case were finally given on Monday, December 17.

Lumont Johnson, Tyjuan Anderson, and Anthony Ross are currently in prison for shooting into a house where Hanson was sleeping in 2002. A bullet his Hanson, killing him.

During the post conviction hearing, several witnesses have said two other men, one already in jail and another dead, are the men responsible. A former Rockford police detective, Douglas Palmer, also testified to his own misconduct during the investigation. Palmer said he believed someone else was responsible, but did not want to go against his fellow officers.

The state called the new witnesses unreliable and said Palmer has a grudge because he left the police for sleeping with a confidential informant.

The case is now in the hands of Judge Joseph McGraw, who doesn't plan on making a decision until February.

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