By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — A jury has awarded $7.5 million to a man who was exonerated after spending nearly 30 years in prison for a murder in Chicago.

Daniel Andersen sued a group of current and former Chicago police officers, arguing that he was coerced into confessing to the slaying of Cathy Trunko in 1980.

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His lawyers also said that DNA results years later eliminated a link to the 20-year-old victim. Andersen was released from prison in 2007 and subsequently received a certificate of innocence.

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(Credit: Northwestern/Center On Wrongful Convictions)

A lawyer for the police officers argued that Trunko and Andersen had not been completely excluded from the knife blade, which was found a few blocks away.

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CBS 2 Chicago Staff