CHICAGO -- Prosecutors have dropped charges against two men who say Chicago police detectives beat them into confessing to a 1989 killing.
Cook County Judge Alfredo Maldonado on Tuesday formally tossed convictions against Corey Batchelor and Kevin Bailey, both age 48. Batchelor was released on parole in 2004 but says he's glad a judge vacated the convictions. Bailey was still serving an 80-year prison term for the murder, but was released Tuesday.
“28 years, seven months and two long days, I sat up in the penitentiary area, and for what? Nothing!” Bailey said after he was released.
Batchelor waited at the gates of Statesville prison Tuesday, hugging the newly-released Bailey and their team of happy supporters as the two were reunited.
Bailey and Batchelor were 19-years-old and had no criminal histories when they were arrested in the stabbing death of a retired police officer's wife. Prosecutors said Tuesday that the evidence against the men doesn't meet the burden of beyond a reasonable doubt.
Attorneys for the men say many of the detectives trained under disgraced former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge. Burge was never convicted of torture, but he spent time in prison for lying under oath about torture in 2010.
Lawyers say Burge and his associates victimized more than 120 people, obtaining false convictions that so far have cost Chicago taxpayers over $100 million in legal fees, settlements and reparations.