SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Supreme Court has denied Alan's Beaman's appeal in his claim that three former Normal police officers urged prosecutors to charge him in the death of his former girlfriend.
Beaman, now 45, was released from prison in 2008 after the high court reversed his murder conviction in the 1993 strangling death of Jennifer Lockmiller, an Illinois State University student from Decatur who was Beaman's former girlfriend.
In a Facebook posting after the court decision Wednesday denying his appeal, Beaman said "while I am grateful that the same court released me over nine years ago, they still had an obligation to follow through in seeking complete justice for the 13 years I spent wrongfully convicted."
The Supreme Court ruling was issued without comment.
Beaman, who now lives in Rockford with his wife and two children, received a certificate of innocence from the state and a pardon from former Gov. Pat Quinn.
An earlier appellate court ruling stated there was no evidence of pressure or undue influence by the officers on former McLean County prosecutor James Souk to file the murder charges against Beaman.
David Shapiro, one of lawyers who handled the unsuccessful lawsuits filed in federal and state court since Beaman's release, also expressed disappointment with the ruling that ends Beaman's legal options against the police and prosecutors involved in the Lockmiller investigation.
"Alan is an American hero massively wronged and denied the justice and recompense he deserves," Shapiro said.
The alleged misconduct by former Normal officers Tim Freesmeyer, Dave Warner and Frank Zayas should not taint the public's view of all law enforcement and prosecutors, Beaman said in his social media post.
"In order to properly back the badge, it is essential to protect our mostly good cops from the bad attitudes and now glorified entitlement of a few of their properly trained peers. Police misconduct has become an epidemic and while our courts look the other way, it will only get worse," wrote Beaman.
On Friday, Beaman told The (Bloomington) Pantagraph he supports a Conviction Integrity Unit in McLean County to review previous murder convictions. State's Attorney Jason Chambers said previously that he could consider such a unit if the county saw a high volume of potential exoneration cases.
Beaman also supports better police training to prevent the use of what the Supreme Court termed tenuous evidence in his case and greater awareness of the potential harm of wrongful convictions.
"American deserves better than a polarized and willful ignorance of the potential fallibility of our public officials," Beaman said.
In September, Normal police said the Lockmiller investigation is considered inactive, but could be reopened if new information is obtained.
No forensic testing or investigative work is pending in the case, according to Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner.