DNA Evidence Clears Man In Rape, Robbery Case

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BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) - A man walked free Tuesday after DNA evidence cleared him as a suspect in a brutal rape and robbery.

The Belleville News-Democrat reported that 20-year-old Marlon Miller was allowed to go back to his East St. Louis home from the St. Clair County Jail.  Police arrested him in February of this year, saying he confessed to robbing and sexually-assaulting a woman in January.  They said she was walking home from the Emerson Park Metrolink stop in East St. Louis when Miller pointed a gun at her and forced her into a secluded area.

Despite Miller`s newfound freedom, the BND reported that his legal fight may just be starting.  Miller told the paper that a former East St. Louis detective, Orlando Ward, coerced a confession to the robbery and then helped charge Miller with the sexual assault.

Police arrested Ward last month on drug charges.

Miller`s family tells the BND that they will talk to a lawyer.

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