Authorities Release Man Wrongfully Convicted Of Murdering 6-Year-Old Boy In 1988

Brian Beals of Chicago was released from prison after serving a 35-year sentence for murder for which he was wrongly convicted in 1988, according to a statement from the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.

“Today, in an important step toward justice, the Cook County Court sentenced Brian Beals, who was wrongly convicted and served 35 years in prison for killing a 6-year-old and seriously injuring his mother in 1988. This wrongful conviction represents a grave miscarriage of justice, not only for Mr. Beals, but also for his victims and their families, who have been denied true justice for decades. ” said the paper on December 12th. statement Began.

According to reports, Brian was 22 years old when 6-year-old Demetrius Campbell died. CBS2 Chicago. According to the latest reports, Beals was approached by a drug dealer and they got into an argument. Beals then reportedly got into his car and attempted to drive away as the vehicle was struck by gunfire.

The bullet struck Campbell and his mother, Valerie, who were standing nearby, the report said. He was convicted on the testimony of Valerie Campbell, maintaining his innocence throughout, even though three separate witnesses reportedly testified against a criminal other than Beals.

Lawyers, with help from the Illinois Innocence Project, have found five new witnesses who say he was the target and not the shooter, CBS2 reported. The outlet said this account was backed up by sophisticated photo retouching that revealed a bullet hole in the rear bumper of his car. (Related: Judge sentences dentist who hired hitman to kill ex-brother-in-law to life in prison)

“I'm accepting it and processing it.” According to CBS2, Brian explained how he felt upon his release, saying, “I'm looking forward to starting my life over again,” adding, “I'm just trying to figure out what this world is about.” We need to do that.”