(27 years in prison) Michael Evans was arrested in 1976 and charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of a nine-year old girl
Evans v. City of Chicago, et al. (27 years in prison) Michael Evans was arrested in 1976 and charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of a nine-year old girl. He was convicted and spent 27 years in prison before being released in 2003 based on DNA testing. Evans received an “Innocence” pardon from Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Evans sued 10 retired Chicago police officers claiming they framed him for the crimes, primarily by allegedly manipulating an eyewitness to identify him as one of the victim’s kidnappers. After a three-week trial, the jury rendered a verdict in favor of all ten Chicago police officers on all counts. Evans had been seeking $60 Million in damages. The case was later affirmed by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.