Thursday, November 1, 2012

Innocence Project helps free Chicago man

A Chicago man convicted of a southern Illinois murder 14 years ago is scheduled to be set free Oct. 31 because of the efforts of the Illinois Innocence Project housed at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Anthony Murray, 40, had been convicted of first-degree murder for his alleged involvement in the death of Seneca Jones of Centralia. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison.

A Marion County judge in August ordered vacated Murray‘s conviction for stabbing Jones to death after a dice game.

UIS students helped review the case and assisted Innocence Project lawyer John Hanlon and Marion County public defender Timothy Hewitt. The students searched for new evidence, interviewed Murray and attended a June hearing challenging his conviction.

The Innocence Project case was featured by the State Journal-Register on October 31, 2012.

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