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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  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Dec 29, 2008 at 11:16 AM
    B; That is exactly the kind of attitude that has gotten our society where it is today. It is always somebody else's fault. Bad circumstances made him/her do it. Hooey!! He killed because he chose to. The fact that he may have been ( or not) wrongly imprisoned in the first place does not excuse IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM his decision to kill anyone.
  • by B Location: NC on Dec 29, 2008 at 06:14 AM
    Being wrongly incarcerated for almost a decade with real murderers and rapists probably turned this man into a killer...
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Dec 28, 2008 at 02:58 PM
    This guy sounds like a real loser.Blogojevich had better hope someone pardons him the same way. I feel that it will happen as soon as he starts to name names.

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