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Lathierial Boyd released from prison after wrongful conviction

A man wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit were released Tuesday afternoon.

Lathierial Boyd was an aspiring model with a promising future  when he was wrongly convicted of a double-murder and sentenced to 80 years in prison.

Boyd was found guilty of killing one person and wounding another outside a Wrigleyville bar in 1990.

His lawyers successfully argued his conviction rested primarily on the testimony of the wounded man, Ricky Warner. They contended Warner initially told police he did not know who shot him, but during the trial Warner testified Boyd shot him and the other man over a drug debt.

On Tuesday he was released from Western Illinois Correctional Center.

 

 

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Tuesday was a day to remember for two Chicago men who were released from prison after the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office dropped charges against them. The state’s attorney herself admitted it was time to right these legal wrongs.

58-year-old Carl Chatman was behind bars for 11 years accused of raping a woman in the Daley Center back in 2002.  The facts of that case against him just didn’t add up and today, Chatman left the Dixon Correctional Center after more than a decade.

“God answered my dream today,” he said.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said his case lacked evidence.  The mentally disabled man who also struggles with other mental illnesses was accused of raping a woman inside the Daley Center and sentenced to 30 years. Now 11 years later, the facts still show the story was made up. The accuser made money off of the case.

WGNTV has been tracking the other case since it made news over 20 years ago. Latherial Boyd had hopes of becoming a male model but was locked up in a state prison instead for more than 20 years, wrongfully convicted of shooting two men on the North Side in 1990.

Significant evidence was not brought to trial that could have exonerated Boyd.  A bad line up, false statements  by a victim and misidentification are just a few things that made the Boyd case a botched case.

Today, Boyd walked out of prison, too.

Both cases were examined by Alvarez’s Conviction Integrity Unit created 18 months ago.

Chatman is at home with family tonight for the first time since he was released from prison.  He says he wants to sit in a rocking chair and to see his adult son and 3 grandchildren. He left prison and stopped at a Culver’s for some chicken on his way home.

Boyd has yet to be reunited with some family members on the south side.  There’s potential to hearing more from him in coming days.

In 2002 WGN’s Muriel Clair spoke with the key players in Latherial Boyd’s trial.  This is her report.

In 2002 WGN’s Muriel Clair spoke with the key players in Latherial Boyd’s trial.  This is her report.

In 2002 WGN’s Muriel Clair spoke with the key players in Latherial Boyd’s trial.  This is her report.

Two men wrongfully imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit were released Tuesday afternoon.

58-year-old Carl Chatma, the mentally disabled and homeless man was convicted of a sexual assault in 2004, was sentenced to 30 years behind bars. A clerk at the Daley Center said he raped her in May 2002.

She won a big settlement from the county in this case. An investigation later found she received another settlement from an alleged rape case in 1979. The State’s Attorney’s office concluded she fabricated both crimes to make money.

Latherial Boyd was also wrongfully sentenced to 82 years in prison for a fatal shooting in Wrigleyville. Boyd was found guilty of killing one person and wounding another outside a bar in 1990.

His lawyers successfully argued his conviction rested primarily on the testimony of the wounded man, Ricky Warner. They contended Warner initially told police he did not know who shot him, but during the trial Warner testified Boyd shot him and the other man over a drug debt.

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