Charges against al­leged Burge vic­tim dis­missed

PO­LICE Spent over 25 years in prison for 1983 mur­ders

Chicago Sun-Times - - Metro - BY MAU­RICE POSSLEY

An­other chap­ter in the al­leged Jon Burge tor­ture cases was closed Fri­day, when mur­der charges against a Chicago man who spent more than 25 years be­hind bars were dis­missed.

The Illi­nois at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice dropped the charges af­ter de­ter­min­ing that David Fauntleroy was en­ti­tled to a new trial based on al­le­ga­tions that his con­fes­sion to tak­ing part in a dou­ble mur­der in 1983 was co­erced by de­tec­tives work­ing un­der Burge, the for­mer Chicago Po­lice com­man­der who was in­dicted last year on charges of per­jury and ob­struc­tion of jus­tice, ac­cused of ly­ing when he de­nied un­der oath that tor­ture took place.

Fauntleroy, 47, and James An­drews were con­victed of the 1983 rob­bery and killings of Floyd Jenk­ins and Keith Lewis. The case against An­drews, who main­tained that he was beaten by Burge de­tec­tives un­til he falsely con­fessed, was dropped in 2007.

Both men had been serv­ing sen­tences of life in prison without pa­role.

Fauntleroy’s at­tor­ney, Dou­glas Harper, said Fauntleroy, who was ar­rested in April 1983, was re­leased Fri­day from Stat­eville Cor­rec­tional Cen­ter.

“It’s hard to find the words to de­scribe how he feels,” Harper said. “He was 22 when he was ar­rested. He has spent more time in prison than he has spent free.”

Fauntleroy said he falsely con­fessed only af­ter be­ing told that An­drews had im­pli­cated him and af­ter de­tec­tives took him in a po­lice car to a wooded area, turned off the lights and pulled a gun on him. “He thought they were go­ing to kill him,” Harper said.

He praised the at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice, say­ing, “They did the right thing.”

Cara Smith, deputy chief of staff for Illi­nois At­tor­ney Gen­eral Lisa Madi­gan, said, “The at­tor­ney gen­eral be­lieves that this is the re­sult that jus­tice de­manded in this case.”

David Fauntleroy

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