Illinois Supreme Court overturns conviction of Peoria man, orders new trial

By WEEK Producer

October 3, 2013 Updated Oct 3, 2013 at 6:58 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a Peoria man and ordered a new trial for him.

Christopher Coleman was convicted of Armed Robbery and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault in 1994.

On Thursday, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that the local trial court and the 3rd District Appellate Court had erred in his trial.

Coleman was convicted largely on the testimony of a victim who said she remembered his voice and walk from when he was a child, although she had not seen him in years.

Peoria County State's Attorney said he was reviewing the high court decision and would talk with the appellate prosecutor before deciding if Coleman will be re-tried.

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