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Rockford Native Home After 13 Years in Prison for Murder


By Dani Maxwell

ROCKFORD - A Rockford man will see his hometown for the first time in 13 years after being in prison for murder.  But Alan Beaman's fight to prove his innocence isn't over yet.

Alan Beaman is on his way home to Rockford Thursday night after spending more than a decade behind bars.  He was convicted in the 1993 murder of his ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Lockmiller, in McLean County.  Beaman took his case all the way to the Supreme Court, which overturned his conviction last month.  The charges still stand, though, and the prosecutor plans to retry him.

Beaman was transferred from Dixon Prison to the McLean County Jail Thursday evening, where his parents, Barry and Carol bonded him out.  Beaman's aunt and uncle were also there for the reunion.

Beaman didn't say much, only telling reporters he is innocent.  He has said that from the beginning. 

Barry Beaman told 13  News they brought Alan a Chicago Bears shirt to wear home and they stopped at a Denny's in Normal before heading back home to Rockford.

This case is still far from over.  The McLean County State's Attorney has said he will retry the case, so the murder charges against Beaman still stand.

Read more in the Rockford Register Star tomorrow and watch 13 News Friday for Beaman's homecoming.

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