Peoria man pardoned for murder suing city, Peoria cops

Peoria man pardoned for murder suing city, Peoria cops

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PEORIA, Ill. -- Attorneys for Johnnie Lee Savory of Peoria, who say he was wrongly convicted of a murder 40 years ago, will file a civil rights damage lawsuit against the city of Peoria, and numerous Peoria police officers on Wednesday.

In a news release, the suit alleges that the officers repeatedly violated Savory's constitutional rights, while not having credible evidence.

The attorneys add that witnesses were coerced into giving false testimony against Savory, and evidence that could have exonerated him was suppressed and destroyed.

Savory was convicted in 1977 of the murders of Connie Cooper and James Robinson.

Governor Pat Quinn pardoned him in 2006.

Savory has maintained his innocence throughout.

Na news conference is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

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