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Beaman Lawyers Accused Of Not Reporting DNA Tests

McLean County prosecutors are accusing attorneys of a man who spent years in prison for murder of failing to report forensic test results.

Alan Beaman is seeking a certificate of innocence after his 1995 murder conviction in the death of his former girlfriend, Illinois State University student Jennifer Lockmiller. The Illinois Supreme Court vacated Beaman's conviction in May 2008, ruling evidence was suppressed.

In a court filing, former prosecutor Hannah Eisner and Assistant State's Attorney Pablo Eves contend defense lawyers violated a court order by not reporting findings in 2003 of DNA tests.

Defense lawyers Jeffrey Urdangen and Karen Daniel of Northwestern University's Center on Wrongful Convictions call the claims false and misleading. They note all DNA testing consumes evidence, but enough evidence remained for 2011 tests requested by prosecutors.

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