DNA Evidence May Clear Waukegan Murder Convict

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (CBS) — A man who has spent 15 years in prison for murder might be cleared by DNA evidence.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports, James L. Edwards, now 62, was convicted of the 1994 murder of businessman Fred Reckling, 71, the owner of Grand Appliance TV in Waukegan.

He was sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole, in 1996.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports

But now, Edwards’ attorney, Paul DeLuca said that a match might have been found for DNA at the crime scene, and it is not Edwards.

DeLuca says the next step is to verify the match.

After his arrest, Edwards confessed to the Reckling murder, but later claimed the confession was coerced after a 26-hour interrogation.

He had been arrested in 1996 for questioning in an unrelated armed robbery in Waukegan, and detectives said he confessed not only to the Reckling murder, but also several other crimes, including the murder of a woman in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

He is serving a separate life sentence for the Ohio murder, after being convicted in that case in 1997.

  • jimmy

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close their bad cases.

    In the San Francisco Bay area corrupt DEA agents are creating suspects to steal from.

    The Corrupt DoJ employee would give illegally obtained keys of their suspect’s home to a “booster” and provide the “booster” with information as to when the suspect would be away.

    The “booster” would steal jewelry and other items and pass them to a fence. The fence would kick back a portion of the gains to the corrupt DoJ employee.
    If the suspect complained about the stealing, they would fabricate evidence and the suspect could eventually be arrested and tried on bogus charges. If it looked like the arrest would not work, the suspect could be killed in a auto accident, killed by a gang member or shot by a corrupt DEA and a “throwdown” would be planted.

    I know this because it is happening to me.

    About 6 years ago I called the San Francisco U.S. District Attorney’s office to complain about the DoJ employees fabricating evidence and stealing from me. They had been harrassing me and stealing from me for almost 20 years. More recently I called the Santa Clara County D.A.’s office to complain about the same since the stealing continued after my called to the Federal D.A..

    Several corrupt DEA also went as far as tell me that if I contniued to complain about the stealing I could find myself in a rendition.

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