Wrongful conviction? Daniel Taylor could walk free, source says - KMSP-TV

Wrongful conviction? Daniel Taylor could walk free, source says

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Daniel Taylor has spent more than half his life in prison for a crime that some say the evidence proves he did not commit.

In 1992, when he was 17 years old and living on the streets of Chicago, Taylor was accused of double murder.

A rival gang member and drug dealer told police they saw Taylor on November 16, 1992 when he and fellow gang members left this apartment building in uptown.

Weeks later, police told prosecutors that Taylor confessed to the crime, but attorneys say he didn't do it because he was already behind bars.

During interrogation, Taylor was handcuffed to a chair at an old police station and first told investigators he didn't know anything about the murders. Later, he says he told Chicago police detectives what they wanted to hear. He was reportedly punched in the side with a flashlight.

Before he was formally charged, police found an arrest report that showed Daniel Taylor was locked up for disorderly conduct two hours before the double murders were committed.

Instead of being released, students at Northwesterns' Center for Wrongful Convictions say police mounted a case against Taylor. And when Taylor went on trial, the jury chose to believe Taylor's confession over the police records.

Fingerprints found in the uptown apartment didn't match Taylor's. There was no DNA and a murder weapon was never found.

He has since spent 20 years in the Menard Correctional Center.

FOX 32 put a call into the state's attorney's office and we did not get a comment.

Sources, tell FOX 32 News that Anita Alvarez will rule on this case Friday and the source says Alvarez is supposed to dismiss the case against Daniel Taylor.

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