Heidelberg Case Headed Back To Peoria

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(WEEK) —The Cleve Heidelberg case is coming back to Peoria.

The Journal Star reports that a third district appellate court panel denied a motion by Heidelberg’s attorney Thursday, who wanted the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, or Attorney General’s office, to do a cold case review.

Instead, it will be up to a Peoria County judge to decide who will do the review.

Heidelberg, who is now 74-years-old, was convicted of the 1970 murder of Peoria County Sheriff Sgt. Ray Espinoza.

Maintaining his innocence, he fought for and won the chance for a new trial earlier this year.  He is out on bond.