It looks like a convicted killer from 25 years ago will get a day in court.
Johnnie Lee Savory has been granted a preliminary hearing in Peoria County Court February 11th. Arguments will be heard whether DNA testing of key evidence will be allowed in an effort to clear his name.
Savory was convicted in 1977 of killing two people when he was 14. That conviction was overturned, but another trial resulted in the same outcome. Savory is a free man now. But, he has been fighting to overturn the conviction all along.
Peoria County States Attorney Jerry Brady opposes the hearing request, saying it goes against legal basis after such a long time.
However, Judge Steve has asked Brady to determine if the evidence still exists. And, if so, is the evidence testable? If, not, the judge could cancel further proceedings.