Peoria County State's Attorney reviewing motion in Savory case

By Denise Jackson

Peoria County State's Attorney reviewing motion in Savory case

November 15, 2012 Updated Nov 15, 2012 at 7:06 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria County State's Attorney Jerry Brady says he is reviewing documents in the Johnnie Savory murder case to determine what steps to take next in the 35 year-old-double murder trial.

Wednesday, Savory's legal team filed a motion to get five pieces of evidence tested, some of which were not examined previously. They argue that advances in DNA technology would provide more answers in the case.

Savory was convicted twice in the double murders of 19-year-old Connie Cooper and her 14-year-old brother James Robinson in January of 1977.

Savory, who was paroled in December of 2006, says he did not commit the murders and has fought unsuccessfully for DNA testing.

Brady says first he needs to determine if new issues are being raised in the case.

"I think we've got to look at all of those aspects and balance that on what is the potential harm and that's what I'm doing," Brady said.

Brady says he will file a response to the motion in about three weeks.

Johnnie Savory has offered on several occasions to pay for DNA testing.

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