Men wrongfully convicted in girl’s rape and murder file suit
(MCT) — CHICAGO — Five men who were cleared by DNA evidence after spending years in prison for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Dixmoor, Ill., girl filed lawsuits Wednesday in federal court accusing the police of coercing a confession from a teen with a low IQ and manufacturing other evidence.
The five, all teens at the time of their convictions, said Dixmoor and state police ignored evidence that implicated another suspect while investigating the murder, the lawsuits alleged. DNA evidence later implicated a convicted rapist in the rape and murder of the girl, Cateresa Matthews, who disappeared after leaving her grandmother’s home in Dixmoor in November 1991.
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