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Exonerated in 1980 murder, man charged with murder

CHICAGO – A Chicago man who served 32 years in prison before being declared innocent in the 1980 rape and murder of a 3-year-old girl is now facing a new murder charge.

DNA evidence prompted the 2012 release of Andre Davis and an innocence declaration in the death of Brianna Stickle of Rantoul.

Davis was charged Thursday in the 2013 death of Jamal Harmon. The 53-year-old Davis is jailed without bond.

Prosecutors say the 19-year-old Harmon got into a dispute with Davis' nephew over money lost in a dice game. Assistant State's Attorney Robert Mack said the nephew shot and wounded Harmon, and Davis later cut the man's throat and dumped his body in an alley.

In addition to the 1980 case, Davis has faced attempted murder, aggravated battery and weapons charges.

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