The man who spent over 13 years in prison for the stabbing and strangling death of an Illinois State University student will appear in court again in August, this time to be declared innocent.
Alan Beaman was convicted and sentenced to 50 years in prison for the 1993 murder of Jennifer Lockmiller, but his conviction was reversed by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2008.
Since his release, Beaman has applied to ask the court for a finding of innocence under a 2008 state law. Most innocence petitions never make it to a courtroom, but McLean County prosecutors are opposing his petition.
The trial will begin on August 6 in front of Champaign County Judge Jeffrey Ford.
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