Battery charges dismissed against Bennie Starks, man previously exonerated in 1986 Waukegan rape

Bennie Starks

December 5, 2012 3:56:44 PM PST
Charges were dismissed Wednesday against Bennie Starks for a 1986 aggravated battery case.

Starks had previously spent more than two decades in prison for a rape conviction before new DNA evidence showed he did not commit the crime.

Starks was released from jail in May. But, until Wednesday, he faced possible prosecution for the separate battery charge.