COPY-Ill. man to leave prison after murder case dropped

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - State officials say a man who has spent more than 30 years behind bars after being convicted of murder in a 1980 killing in eastern Illinois is scheduled to be released from prison after prosecutors dismissed charges against him.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kayce Ataiyero (eye-tie-YAIR'-oh) said Friday that 50-year-old Andre Davis was expected to be released later in the day from the prison at Tamms in southern Illinois.

The News-Gazette in Champaign reported ( ) the Champaign County state's attorney's office on Friday agreed to dismiss charges against Davis in the rape and killing of 3-year-old Brianna Stickle in Rantoul.

An Illinois appeals court in March ordered Davis be granted a new trial. New testing not available at the time of his conviction found DNA evidence didn't match Davis.

Information from: The News-Gazette,

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