- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - The Cook County state’s attorney’s office won’t retry a man whose conviction for the murder and attempted rape of a Chicago woman was overturned last month after he served 27 years in prison.

A prosecutor told Judge Alfredo Maldonado on Thursday that charges against 55-year-old Daniel Andersen were being dropped. Maldonado last month ordered a new trial for Andersen in the 1980 murder of 20-year-old Cathy Trunko.

A knife was found three days later. And after Andersen, then 19, was arrested for disorderly conduct, he allegedly confessed to the murder. After conviction, Andersen was sentenced to 55 years in prison. He was released in 2007.

DNA testing three decades later found neither Andersen’s nor Trunko’s blood was on the knife.

A spokeswoman for State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said charges were dismissed after legal options were evaluated.

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