Skooter reporting 07/07/12
A DNA evidence helped a Chicago man who spent more than 30 years behind bars overturn his conviction in the rape and killing of a 3-year-old girl was freed from prison late Friday, just hours after prosecutors dumped the case against him.
In March, an Illinois appeals court had ordered a new trial for 50-year-old Andre Davis after tests discovered that DNA taken from the scene of the 1980 killing of Brianna Stickle wasn't his. The crime occurred in Rantoul, about 20 miles north of Champaign.
At around 7:30, Davis was released from the super-maximum security prison in Tamms in far southern Illinois said Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kayce Ataiyero. Julia Rietz, Champaign County State's Attorney had opted earlier in the day not to pursue charges against him.
Davis was the longest-serving of the 42 people exonerated by DNA evidence in Illinois, Judy Royal of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University said.