Man Charged With Murder Had Been Pardoned By Blagojevich

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) -- A man exonerated by DNA evidence in a rape case after serving several years in an Illinois prison now faces a murder charge in Indiana.

Jail records show 51-year-old Marlon Pendleton is in custody at Lake County Jail where he's been since Dec. 19. Pendleton was arrested earlier this month for allegedly killing his 45-year-old girlfriend. Her body was found at a Hammond, Ind., home where Pendleton was living.

Pendleton made headlines in 2006 when DNA evidence cleared him of a 1992 rape conviction. He had served eight years of a 10-year prison sentence.

Since then, he's been pardoned by Gov. Rod Blagojevich and filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago for suffering he endured during his time in jail.

A message for Pendleton's attorney was not returned Sunday.


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