Adam Clyde Braseel spent the past 10 years behind bars for murder due to mistaken eyewitnesses, perjured testimony and jurors bullied into voting against their conscience, his attorneys say in federal court filings.
Prosecutors say it's all smoke and noise over a long-settled case.
The petition, filed last week in U.S. District Court, seeks a new trial for Braseel, 34, who's serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in the 2006 death of Malcolm F. Burrows. Such bids are rarely granted, but the petition claims newly discovered evidence proves Grundy County authorities denied Braseel a fair trial and that a jury sent the wrong man to prison.
"This is (a) rare case of actual innocence," attorney Alex Little wrote. "The whole theory of the trial ... was based on knowingly perjured testimony. ... Mr. Braseel was connected to the crime by faulty and unconstitutional eyewitness identifications which his counsel failed to suppress."