Illinois man freed after murder conviction vacated

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11/4/2011 11:01:43 AM - AP News
CHESTER, Ill. (AP) — One of two Illinois brothers wrongfully convicted in the 1991 rape and murder of a suburban Chicago girl is free but his brother will spend at least a few more days behind bars.James Harden, who is 36, was released from Menard Correctional Center in southern Illinois Friday afternoon. But defense attorney Craig Cooley said paperwork related to a decades-old juvenile conviction will mean 34-year-old Jonathan Barr will likely remain at the prison at least into next week.A judge vacated their wrongful convictions this week based on DNA evidence.The men were among five teenagers convicted of killing Cateresa Matthews in Dixmoor.The judge also cleared Robert Taylor, who was released from prison Thursday. The two other men have served their sentences.