Wrongfully convicted man seeks DNA test

January 17, 2008 3:50:38 PM PST
Five former federal prosecutors are asking Governor Blagojevich to order DNA testing for a man who says he was wrongfully convicted in a double murder. Johnnie Savory was 14 years old when he was convicted in 1977.

Savory lived in Peoria at the time and moved to Chicago after spending 30 years behind bars. Savory was joined Thursday by supporters from the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. They say the evidence against him was almost non-existent.

"My life has a void. That void is that I need to prove my innocence, not beyond a reasonable doubt, but beyond all shadow of a doubt. And through DNA testing that's possible," said Savory.

Savory wants the governor to order the testing as part of a clemency proceeding. He says the testing would be paid for with private funds, not tax dollars.