An Illinois prosecutor has apologized to five men wrongly convicted and imprisoned in the 1991 rape and fatal shooting of a 14-year-old suburban Chicago girl.
Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez issued a statement Thursday after a judge denied bond to 58-year-old Willie Randolph on a murder charge in the death of that Dixmoor teenager, Cateresa Matthews.
Five years ago, DNA tests cleared the five men, known as the "Dixmoor Five," of all charges. They'd spent a decade or more in prison.
Alvarez offered "sincere apologies" to the men and their families. She says the "system did not protect them" and "victimized them in a way that can never possibly be repaired."
But she argued that reforms have been implemented "to ensure that no person is wrongfully convicted."
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