St. Clair County officials want new evidence vault

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) _ The St. Clair County state’s attorney says he will ask the Illinois Legislature for money to create an evidence locker for the municipalities of Brooklyn, Washington Park, Alorton and East St. Louis to share.

State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly says current lockers have items scattered among trash, are unsecured and have been robbed in recent years. He says the current state of the lockers jeopardizes prosecutions, allows potentially dangers suspects to walk free and obstructs justice.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports a 1989 cold-case murder may have been compromised because of poor evidence keeping at the Centreville Police Department. A man was acquitted of murdering a 16-year-old because his lawyer argued some evidence was missing, wasn’t tracked and was poorly controlled.

Several state lawmakers have already shown support for the proposal.