Prosecutors told a judge they were dropping the charges against Lathierial Boyd, 47, the Chicago Tribune reported. Cook County Judge Paul Biebel ordered Boyd to be released along with Carl Chatman, a homeless man convicted of the 2002 rape of a judge's clerk in the Richard J. Daley Center.
Boyd's lawyers said his conviction was based entirely on testimony from Ricky Warner, who was wounded in the shooting outside a bar in Chicago's Wrigleyville neighborhood. Immediately after the shooting, Warner told police he could not identify the shooter, but he later said Boyd opened fire in a drug dispute.
None of the other witnesses identified Boyd, the lawyers said. Boyd's sister said he was at her house watching a basketball game on television, a story backed up by another guest, a longtime Cook County sheriff's deputy.