Convicted Murderer Freed From Prison, Alleges Police Torture

Steve Miller
December 19, 2019 - 6:30 pm
Prison Jail

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- After 29 years in prison, Demond Weston walked out a free man Thursday, a day after charges were dropped in a Cook County courtroom.

"It felt like a long time coming."

More than 29 years. Weston spent those years in prison for a 1990 murder and shootings in Englewood.

Now, at age 46, he's free.

"It was unreal, or surreal, I should say. It was almost like I had been imagining it for the last three decades – wonderful,” he said.

A judge threw out the charges against Weston for lack of evidence. Weston had maintained he was tortured into confessing three decades ago.

The judge said she didn't believe there was proof of misconduct by detectives or prosecutors back then.

Weston disagrees. “It happened.”

Weston's attorney says they haven't decided whether they'll sue over his imprisonment and alleged torture.