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Three men once accused of killing a Rockford boy are back in court

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Tyjuan Anderson Tyjuan Anderson
Lumont Johnson Lumont Johnson
Anthony Ross Anthony Ross

Three men, once known as murderers, are back in Winnebago County Court as free men after posting bond. They've got strict rules to follow or they're going right back behind bars.

Lumont Johnson, Anthony Ross and Tyjuan Anderson play the waiting game for either a new trial or for prosecutors to get their way with an appeal.

We weren't allowed to have our cameras in the courtroom, but today Judge Joe McGraw checked up on the three to see if they've violated any bond conditions. A Pre-Trial Services employee says Ross and Anderson have each missed curfew once. Defense lawyers say they were home, but Ross missed the call because his cordless phone's batteries died and Anderson missed his call because he was in the bathroom and didn't hear it. Judge McGraw says if it happens again their bond will be revoked. Also in court, the defense motioned for bond condition modifications. Lawyers say the three men should be able to talk to each other, they shouldn't be punished for talking to gang members as long as it's not about gang or any other illegal activity and that they should be allowed cell phones so family can get ahold of the men when they're out of the house.

"The court wants a little more time to pass so that he can see that my clients are complying with the bond conditions and that he'd be willing to consider at least one of these at a later date." -says Anthony Ross's Attorney Roshna Keen.

Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office Assistant Deputy, "It was the court's decision for releasing the individuals on bond the fact remains that the state is prepared to go forward and we will pursue charges and re obtain convictions on all three individuals."

The three will be back in court for another status hearing on June 18th.

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