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Beaman appeals dismissal of lawsuit in ISU case


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PEORIA — An Illinois man who was imprisoned before DNA evidence cleared him of murder has appealed the dismissal of his federal lawsuit claiming officials in the town of Normal conspired to build a case against him.

Alan Beaman's attorneys filed a notice of appeal this week with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th District, The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reported Thursday.

The Rockford man was convicted in the 1993 strangulation death of Illinois State University student Jennifer Lockmiller and spent 13 years in prison. He was serving a 50-year sentence when the Illinois Supreme Court reversed his conviction in 2008, and DNA testing pointed to two previously unknown suspects in the case.

A U.S. District Court judge dismissed Beaman's lawsuit on Jan. 2. The U.S. District Court judge ruled that Beaman's claims didn't show conspiracy.

Beaman was a student at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington when he was arrested in 1994. He has always insisted he was at his parents' home in Rockford when Lockmiller was killed.

He was granted a certificate of innocence last year and has a clemency petition pending before Gov. Pat Quinn.

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