Case to go to trial in August

McLean County will no longer oppose Beaman innocence claim

By WEEK Producer

April 1, 2013 Updated Apr 1, 2013 at 10:16 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- The McLean County State's Attorney will no longer oppose Alan Beaman's attempt to get a "certificate of innocence" from the State of Illinois.

Jason Chambers said his decision to withdraw is not an admission that there was an prosecutorial misconduct in 1995, when Beaman was found guilty.

Beaman is set to go to trial on his "certificate of innocence" claim in August. If he wins, he would be eligible for $177,000 in compensation.

Beaman has also filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against McLean County, prosecutors, the town of Normal, and former police officers alleging conspiracy and malicious prosecution and asking for unspecified damages.