- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez says there’s “compelling” evidence that a prisoner freed from death row through another man’s confession was responsible for the 1982 killings he was initially convicted of carrying out.

But, she says, Anthony Porter cannot be tried again because of protections against double jeopardy.

The man whose initial confession led to Porter’s release is Alstory Simon.

The state’s attorney’s office re-examined Simon’s case over the past year and on Thursday asked a judge to release him.

Alvarez told reporters afterward that questions remain about who carried out the killings. But she said several witnesses interviewed during the re-examination continue to maintain that Porter was the gunman.

The Porter case was instrumental in the campaign to end the death penalty in Illinois.

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