Jailed Chicago man freed by DNA evidence
faces new murder charge
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[June 14, 2014]
By Mary Wisniewski
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago man who
served almost 32 years in prison for murder and rape before being
exonerated by DNA evidence has been charged with murder in another case,
officials said on Friday.
Andre Davis, 53, was charged with murder and kidnapping in
connection with the death of a 19-year-old man after a fight at a
party last October, Cook County State's Attorney spokeswoman Tandra
Simonton said on Friday.
Davis is accused of helping an unknown person kill the victim, Jamal
Harmon, whose body was put into the trunk of a car and removed from
the site, Simonton said. Harmon suffered gunshot and stab wounds.
He had been serving time for the 1980 killing of 3-year-old girl in
downstate Rantoul, Illinois, and was exonerated in 2012 after tests
revealed that DNA found on the victim did not match Davis' DNA.
Davis was in prison longer than any other Illinois inmate who was
later exonerated by DNA testing, according to the Center on Wrongful
Convictions at Northwestern University School of law, which
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Davis was ordered held without bond on Thursday. He was scheduled to
appear in court on July 1 on the murder charge.
(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; editing by Gunna Dickson)
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