Illinois judge dismisses lawsuit over wrongful conviction

TUSCOLA, Ill. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against three retired central Illinois police officers by a man wrongfully convicted of a 1993 murder.

Douglas County Judge Richard Broch Jr. on Friday dismissed the lawsuit filed by Alan Beaman seeking $50,000 from retired Normal officers Tim Freesmeyer, Dave Warner and Frank Zayas and the city of Normal.

Beaman served 13 years in prison in the death of Illinois State University student Jennifer Lockmiller before DNA evidence pointed to other suspects. The Illinois Supreme Court vacated his conviction in 2009.

According to the (Bloomington) Pantagraph, Beaman attorney Locke Bowman said he plans to appeal the decision.

Normal City Attorney Brian Day declined comment.

Broch heard the case because of conflicts with former judges in McLean County, where Beaman was convicted.