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Illinois man retried, found not guilty in slaying

Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:13 p.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago man who was granted a new trial for a slaying he was convicted of nearly two decades ago has been acquitted and set free.

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office confirmed Wednesday that a jury found 49-year-old Rodell Sanders not guilty late Tuesday night.

Sanders was arrested in 1994 by Chicago Heights police and charged with the murder of one man and the attempted murder of another person.

One of his attorneys says the conviction was overturned in 2011 and a new trial ordered. That happened after Sanders' lawyers presented evidence that a witness had recanted his identification of Sanders as the suspect. Sanders' attorney Gayle Horn says the trial lasted five days and the jury returned its verdict after five hours of deliberations.

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