(27 years in prison) Paul Terry was arrested in 1977 and charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of a nine-year old girl
Terry v. City of Chicago, et al. (27 years in prison) Paul Terry was arrested in 1977 and charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of a nine-year old girl. His friend, Michael Evans, had been arrested the year before. He was convicted and spent 27 years in prison before being released in 2003 based on DNA testing. Terry received an “Innocence” pardon from Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Terry 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 seeing Michael Evans lose his civil trial and recover nothing, Terry accepted the City of Chicago’s settlement offer of $2.7 million.