CBS 2 Chicago wbbm7801059 670 The Score

Juan Rivera

Holly Staker.

New DNA Evidence Connects 1992 Murder Of 11-Year-Old To Second Case

It is a startling twist in a 22-year-old murder case that rocked the northern suburbs.

06/10/2014

Juan Rivera has an emotional reunion with friends and family after he was released from Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet in January, 2012. (CBS)

Wrongfully Convicted Of Rape, Lake County Man Sues

A Lake County man wrongfully imprisoned for 20 years — half his life — following the 1992 rape and murder of an 11 year old girl, has filed a lawsuit.

10/30/2012

Jail/Prison

Attorney: Lake County Is A Hotbed Of False Convictions

With four recent high-profile cases, a Waukegan defense lawyer says Lake County has become a hotbed of false convictions.

CBS Chicago–05/21/2012

Holly Staker

FBI Won’t Check DNA Profile In 20-Year-Old Murder Case

The FBI is not going to be checking a DNA profile in a nearly 20-year old Chicago area murder case that reopened last month.

CBS Chicago–02/13/2012

Holly Staker

NU Investigators Offer To Help Find Holly Staker’s Killer

The team that secured Juan Rivera’s exoneration in the Holly Staker murder case is now offering to help Waukegan Police find the girl’s real killer after 20 years.

01/10/2012

Holly Staker

Nearly 20 Years Later, Girl’s Murder Investigation Begins Anew

Waukegan police have re-opened the nearly 20-year-old investigation into the rape and murder of 11-year-old Holly Staker.

CBS Chicago–01/10/2012

Juan Rivera has an emotional reunion with friends and family after he was released from Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet in January, 2012. (CBS)

Ex-Waukegan Man Won’t Be Tried Fourth Time In Murder

A former Waukegan man walked out of state prison Friday after Lake County prosecutors announced they would not challenge an appeals court’s decision to reverse his latest conviction.

01/06/2012

Juan Rivera (CBS)

Prosecutor To Decide On Further Action After Inmate’s Tossed Conviction

Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Waller is expected to meet Monday with his appellate prosecutors to decide whether to pursue any further criminal action against Juan Rivera.

CBS Chicago–12/12/2011

Juan Rivera (CBS)

Court Overturns Inmate’s Conviction In ’92 Slaying Of Waukegan Girl

He was sentenced to life in prison for a horrifying crime he claimed he never committed. Now, Juan Rivera could go free. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.

12/10/2011