Charges dropped against man convicted of Chicago murder in 1990

Sept. 10, 2013 at 2:59 PM
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CHICAGO, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A Chicago man sentenced to 82 years in prison for a 1990 shooting outside a bar that killed one victim and wounded another was freed Tuesday.

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.

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