Beaman lawsuit focusing on Normal police

2013-08-28T17:20:00Z Beaman lawsuit focusing on Normal policeBy Edith Brady-Lunny |

PEORIA — Lawyers for Alan Beaman agreed to dismiss claims against McLean County and former investigators with the county and town of Normal to narrow their efforts on three Normal officers who remain in the federal lawsuit.

Officers dropped this week from the lawsuit were retired McLean County sheriff’s Detective John Brown and current Normal police officer Rob Hospelhorn.

“We dropped Mr. Brown and Mr. Hospelhorn from the lawsuit in order to focus on the defendants who were responsible for the false charges against Alan Beaman,” said Beaman lawyer Locke Bowman.

Beaman, now of Rockford, served about 13 years in prison for the 1993 strangulation death of Jennifer Lockmiller before the Illinois Supreme Court reversed his murder conviction in 2008, citing tenuous evidence.

Defendants in the lawsuit headed for a Dec. 2 trial in U.S. District Court in Peoria are the town of Normal, former Normal officers Tim Freesmeyer and Frank Zayas and current officer Dave Warner.

Previously dropped from the lawsuit were retired Judge James Souk, who was a prosecutor during the Beaman case and current Judge Charles Reynard, a former McLean County state’s attorney. Counsel for Beaman cited challenges with immunity issues as the reason for dropping Souk and Reynard from the litigation.

The federal lawsuit seeking unspecified damages has cost county taxpayers more than $520,000 in legal costs. Normal’s defense is being handed by lawyers for its insurance risk management pool.

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  1. Bob2
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    Bob2 - July 17, 2014 10:46 am
    The Illinois Supreme Court decided unanimously that this was a wrongful conviction based on police testilying in court. Those cops owe him 13 years of his life. No amount of money can ever correct the wrong that police and prosecutors perpetrated on this guy.
  2. Isalum
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    Isalum - September 04, 2013 1:21 am
    This guy was railroaded from the beginning and deserves to be compensated. The Normal police are the "piece of work". There was never any real attempt to look at anyone else for the crime. As for remorse? Why should he show remorse for something he didn't do. All of you who call him arrogant should spend 13 years wrongfully behind bars and see what your attitude becomes. I remember following the case from the beginning and being convinced the Normal "gestapo" had decided to nail this kid, at the time, regardless of evidence. Even now, I venture into Normal to attend ISU events and get the hell out of there after as fast as I can.
  3. Newman
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    Newman - August 29, 2013 2:36 pm
    Just like David Hendricks,Beaman is probably involved one way or another.
    Maybe both Beaman,and Swain were in it together,remember they were roomates.
    Or his mother is covering for him,since the crime scene was't discovered until three days after.
    And its possible to drive from Normal to Rockford in 2 hours.
    I-39 is a straight shot North to Rockford,and I-39 was completely finished in Fall 1992.
    The smartest thing he has donesince he got out was stay in Rockford.
    But going after anybody and everybody connected to his conviction,well that makes him look guilty,he has that entitled you can't do this to me attitude
  4. wise 1
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    wise 1 - August 29, 2013 11:48 am
    Being arrogant does not and will not ever make you quilty. They tried to make it work driving from Rockford could not do it. I think the system is corrupt always has been always will be. It is a shame both sides do not try to find the truth and work together instead of against each other. I THINK THAT WOULD MAKE A BETTER SYSTEM. I did not follow this but when the time table did not match he would have to be innocent. Best of luck to him and if he did do this may he burn in eternity
  5. Newman
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    Newman - August 29, 2013 9:33 am
    I think Beaman has very steep hill to climb, if he thinks just because he got a technical ruling for a new trail,and a certificate of innonce.
    He was and still is a very arrongant person,I guess 13 years didn't put in wisdom in him.
    He should realize that his arrognant actions,is what got him in the postion he is in.
    I guess he doesn't realize,that he if changes any of his story,from the previous trail,then they can get him for perjury.
    Sooner or later the REAL truth,will come out.
    It must be hard to keep track,of all the lies,over the last 20 years.
    Just ask Bill Clinton,PREJURY is what tripped up him.
    Not once has he,shown any remorse for Jennifer,I think they have the right person.
    They just need to find the missing link
  6. Make a change
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    Make a change - August 29, 2013 9:32 am
    When you've already gotten away with only serving 13 years for a brutal murder, I guess you have the guts to sue afterwards, too. This guy is a piece of work.
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