Man convicted in slayings of 2 officers released on bond

Published: Jun. 22, 2018 at 6:35 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2018 at 6:37 PM CDT
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CHICAGO (AP) - A man serving life in prison for the 1982 deaths of two Chicago police officers has been ordered released from jail while awaiting his third trial.

County Judge William Hooks granted 57-year-old Jackie Wilson his release Friday without Wilson having to post a cash bond.

Hooks on Thursday tossed out Wilson's confession that he fatally shot Officers Richard O'Brien and William Fahey and ordered a new trial.

Wilson has alleged former police Cmdr. Jon Burge and his subordinates tortured him into confessing to the shootings.

During Thursday's hearing, prosecutors argued Wilson should be kept in jail, saying he teamed up with his now-deceased brother, Andrew, to shoot the officers during a traffic stop. Defense attorneys argued Wilson was innocent and posed no danger to the community.

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