John Grayson


  • JOHN GRAYSON, who spent 12 years in prison, was exonerated on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Mr. Moore was convicted of murder and two counts of attempted murder in 2002 and sentenced to a total of 76 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

    Two Aurora police investigators reopened the case when a new witness emerged with inside information about the 2000 killing of Shawn Miller of Montgomery. The officers then found other witnesses who had not come forward. Additionally, new DNA testing was done on bullet casings. With their new information, authorities established that their original witnesses were incorrect.

    After the Aurora officers met with Moore in prison, attorneys from the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project (DIIP) at the University of Illinois-Springfield got involved in the case. Mr. Moore’s exoneration involved an unprecedented cooperative effort between the DIIP, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, and the Aurora Police Department.

    LAI, along with help from the DIIP, is working on a petition for Mr. Moore to receive a Certificate of Innocence.



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