Lawyers say man convicted then exonerated of girl’s murder was framed

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Juan Rivera was convicted three times for the death of 11-year-old Holly Staker, the Waukegan girl raped and murdered in 1992.

Rivera was exonerated in 2012 after DNA resulted cleared his name all three times. And now Rivera’s lawyers are suing and say it’s not their client but law enforcement who broke the law.

Rivera’s lawyers say he was framed and finding who framed him over and over and over for the murder may come down to a pair of tennis shoes, of all things.

The tennis shoes Rivera is accused of wearing the night Holly Staker was raped and murdered weren’t even available to buy at the time holly was killed. Yet they were the key in tying him to the crime at the time.

Rivera’s attorneys say their client was railroaded and law enforcement in Lake County set him up.

Lawyers want permission to do further forensic testing to nail who framed Rivera and potentially to find Holly’s actual killer.

The civil lawsuit is just one step in the process to get Rivera compensated for the years he lost in prison.


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