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Cleve Heidelberg to get new trial after overturning of 1970 murder conviction

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PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

A judge has thrown out Cleve Heidelberg's conviction and ruled that he should get a new trial.

Heidelberg was convicted in 1970 of the murder of Peoria County Sheriff’s Sgt. Raymond Espinoza. But on Thursday, the judge ruled there was enough evidence to determine Heidelberg was not involved in the murder of the sergeant.

The state has filed an appeal, which could lead to a re-trial. Thus, Heidelberg was not allowed to walk out of the courtroom.

Heidelberg will remain in prison until his bond hearing next Friday, April 28. 

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