Beaman Sues for Wrongful Conviction

By WEEK Reporter

July 15, 2010 Updated Jan 27, 2010 at 11:40 PM CDT

A man who spent more than a decade in prison is now suing those in McLean County who helped send him there.

Charges against Alan Beaman were dropped last year, after he spent 13 years of a 50 year sentence. He was accused of killing his former girlfriend, Illinois State student Jennifer Lockmiller, in 1993.

Now Beaman's lawyers say the prosecutors purposely concealed evidence suggesting Beaman's innocence - including an additional suspect.

Beaman is suing former McLean County State's Attorney Charles Reynard and lead prosecutor Jim Souk - now both judges. Attorneys also say several Normal police detectives and lieutenants did not pursue other options - and instead solely implicated Beaman.

Beaman says he can't get the 13 years he spent in prison back, but he wants to make sure those responsible won't do the same thing to someone else.

"There has to be some accountability in McLean County," Beaman says. His lawyers aren't specifying an amount in damages, but that it will be "substantial".

A court date also has yet to be set.

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