Jennifer Lockmiller was found stabbed and strangled in her apartment in Normal on Aug. 28, 1993. (WJBC file photo)
By Eric Stock and Stephanie Pawlowski
NORMAL - As Alan Beaman celebrates being found innocent, the Normal Police Department continues to investigate the 1993 murder he was once convicted of.
Illinois State University student Jennifer Lockmiller was stabbed and strangled in her apartment in Normal. Police Chief Rick Bleichner said the case is an active investigation. He said the department tested evidence from the crime scene less than 18 months ago.
"That previously wasn't done and it was mainly because of different developments in DNA testing that are available now that simply weren't available in 1993," Bleichner said.
Untested evidence from 1993 included a clock radio cord and DNA from Lockmiller. Bleichner said the department is also doing more interviews in the case.
"As with any open investigation, part of it is processing of evidence that's available to us and the other part is just interviews," Bleichner said. "So, we're going back through and re-interviewing and seeing what additional information we can glean from those interviews at this time."
Bleichner said he wants to make sure justice is served.