ROCKFORD - The families of
three convicted killers say the decision for their relatives to get a new trial
was something a long time coming. The
men convicted in 2002 for the murder of 8 year-old DeMarcus Hanson will get a
new trial after Judge Joseph McGraw handed down his decision Tuesday afternoon
Back in 2002, the family of DeMarcus Hanson rejoiced after hearing a guilty verdict in their son's murder case. Tuesday, Hanson's mother displayed a look of disbelief in court after the three men believed for over a decade to have killed her 8 year-old boy inside their Chestnut Street home were granted a new trial.
"I'm ecstatic because I don't want to see anyone ever in jail for a crime they didn't commit," said Attorney Steve Greenberg, defense for TyJuan Anderson, one of the three men now up for a new trial.
"I have absolutely no doubt that TyJuan Anderson did not commit this crime."
"Everything was before the courts from day one," said Jackie Henry, mother of TyJuan Anderson. "A lot of discrepancies have caused [TyJuan] to be in there that long."
told the judge they'll file for reconsideration of Tuesday's judgment and will
file subsequent appeal.
"They were convicted by a jury of their peers in two separate jury trials and their convictions were upheld," said Hite-Ross. "So we still believe in the integrity of the prosecution and in the integrity of this case."
Anderson, Ross and Johnson all still sit in prison tonight, but their family says a new trial will hopefully bring them home.
"They were wrongfully convicted from day one," said Henry. "All the evidence today proves that, so the new trial should prove the rest of it."
A bond hearing for the three defendants is set for April 2nd. There is no new trial set yet.