Stella Dimoko DNA Results Clears Chicago Man Serving Life


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Sunday, October 02, 2016

DNA Results Clears Chicago Man Serving Life

This is an Incredible story!...WOW

In 1992, a little boy was found dead in a vacant garage, buried under a pile of trash and debris. His family's last memory of 6-year-old Lindsey Murdock? The first-grader was eating Tootsie Rolls on his grandmother's front porch, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Mark Maxson of Chicago was convicted and sentenced to life for the killing. But after serving more than two decades in prison, Maxson became a free man this week when his conviction was vacated.

A convicted killer, 42-year-old Osborne Wade, was charged with the crime Tuesday once Maxson's conviction was thrown out.

Maxson, now 55, is the 15th man in Illinois whose conviction has been vacated after reinvestigations by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's Conviction Integrity Unit, formed in 2012.

Maxson had confessed to the killing, but maintained he was coerced. One of Maxson's attorneys, Elliot Zinger, says Maxson refused to sign his confession and insisted on writing into the confession that he provided hair and blood voluntarily multiple times to clear his name.

In 2013, the State of Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission found that Maxson's claim of coercion and torture was credible.
Zinger and Maxson's other attorney, Larry Dreyfus, said Maxson had gotten nowhere in professing his innocence.
"This case was languishing for years with nothing ever happening," Zinger said. "He couldn't ever get a DNA test. No one was listening."

The attorneys filed a lawsuit against the city Friday, seeking $54 million in compensatory and punitive damages, Zinger said.

Zinger and Dreyfus say it's common for no one will help in these post-conviction situations, but that Maxson's case was particularly notable because of the evidence, and how it didn't connect Maxson to the crime.
"This case really stunk from the very beginning," Zinger said. "You had the blood from somebody else on a 6-year-old boy, you had the pubic hair from someone else on a 6-year-old boy. This was all trial evidence."
Zinger says the jury was quick to discount the evidence and bring forward a conviction.
The team got its big break in 2015, when the state's attorney's office agreed to new DNA testing on evidence in the case. In May, the Illinois State Police tested Murdock's clothing and found that DNA on his pants and shirt matched Wade's DNA.

Zinger says while he's happy with the outcome, the vacated conviction is bigger than Maxson. "It's not just one man, it's a systemic problem. You turn on the TV, and you see an innocent person is freed every week. The system is broken."
Zinger says Alvarez's unit is the way of the future, helping to free those wrongfully convicted.

Wade was imprisoned June 30 for failing to register as a convicted murderer who stabbed his uncle to death in the late 1990s. Wade has given a videotaped confession to killing Murdock, and Wednesday he was held without bail for the killing of the 6-year-old.
When reached for comment, Murdock's father, Lindsey Murdock of Chicago, told CNN that he couldn't speak about the killing and that it was too upsetting to talk about his son.
"There could be no greater tragedy that I've seen in my 14 years on the bench," Cook County Judge James Brown said at Wade's bond hearing Wednesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. "It's beyond belief this kind of situation could happen."
Unless new information comes forward, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office told CNN, there will be no investigation of the officers who handled Maxson's confession as there is no evidence it was handled improperly.


*Chei 20 wasted years!...Sad!


  1. So sad, that should be his new home

  2. 55? He's so sexy!

    If na naija he will simply rot in jail.

    1. He looks like reverend king in prison

    2. Hahahaha @ rev king,godforbid!
      That one that has ekwensu eyes.

      Maxson is frosh.

    3. Lol no be small enwensu eye

    4. lol d American version of reverend king

  3. Very sad,if it is in Nigeria, you won't ever come out

    1. Please, u guyz she stop if na naija thng. Is it enviable that an innocent man had to spend 20 huge years behind bars?! Plus for every case that's discovered, there's probably another case undiscovered( where the victim would rot in jail) In other words, no system is perfect.

  4. God abeg..After more than 2 decades.

  5. Replies
    1. A high percentage of African Americans are in prison for crimes they did not commit, bit thats not to say there are no guilty ones. Thank God this one got out.

  6. God forbid, thank God he has been freed. Na wa

  7. Omo dat z just mean am happy for d man at least he got out if it is Nigeria u will rot in jail

  8. So sad.
    Its his time for vindication.
    God is awesome!

  9. 20 yrs behind bars. Brought to mind musa jack gowon,

    1. Musa was guilty.

      The first guy above,was innocent.

  10. for 2 decades he has seen no wall except for the jail wall. 54 million is small the attorney should ask for $100m as compensation

    1. You think say na Naija?

  11. I bet dude has been psychologically messed up. Only jesus cn fix him.


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