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 (http://bit.ly/PrheE4 ) 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, http://www.news-gazette.com