Lawsuit: Prosecutors faked evidence to convict man in murder

Lawsuit: Prosecutors faked evidence to convict man in murder

A man filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago Monday, alleging that an infamous Chicago police officer framed him for murder.

Armando Serrano, who spent 23 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, sued retired Chicago Police detective Reynaldo Guevara, the city of Chicago and a current Cook County Criminal Court judge for unspecified damages, reports Buzzfeed News.

Serrano and Montanez were released from prison last July after prosecutors dropped murder charges against them.

Francisco Vicente was a key witness in the murder trial.

Vicente recanted his account of the admissions in 2004 after several interviews with students from the Medill Innocent Project, according to the Chicago Tribune.

On Friday, a Cook County judge threw out charges against Roberto Almodovar and William Negron, who were convicted in 1995 of a double homicide on the strength of witness testimony obtained in part by Guevara. Almodovar was granted his freedom again on Friday, but Negron remained incarcerated for a separate murder conviction, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. Another man won $21 million in 2009 after he accused Guevara of framing him of a crime in in a wrongful conviction lawsuit.

Jennifer Bonjean, attorney for Serrano, has argued the immunity does not apply in this case because the two former assistant state's attorneys were "intimately involved" in Vicente's development as a witness, even before Serrano's arrest. Attorneys for Guevara and Watts could not immediately be reached for comment.

Dillon, now a lawyer in private practice, declined to comment.

'I'm hurt because the people that did this to me where supposed to administer justice, ' Serrano said to ABC upon his release.

Guevara has repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when questioned about the accusations against him. The announcement by prosecutors came after a harshly worded appeals court ruling in June found that "profoundly alarming acts of misconduct" had led to their convictions for the 1993 murder.

At the time of their release, Kimberly Foxx, who had already beaten incumbent State's Attorney Anita Alvarez for the Democratic nomination but still faced a Republican in the November election, had said she would review cases involving Guevara after taking office.