The Illinois Supreme Court overturned a Peoria man's conviction and ordered a new trial. The opinion was handed down Thursday. Christopher Coleman was arrested in 1994 and convicted of several charges including home invasion, aggravated criminal sexual assault and armed robbery. However, the state's highest court Thursday reversed the judgments of both the circuit court and appellate court which upheld Coleman's conviction. The high court said there was evidence to convict but it was far from overwhelming, saying there was no forensic evidence linking Coleman to the attack. The high court also said the state offered three identifications, all of which were significantly impeached.Coleman denied participating in the crime.
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