Man Framed In Wicker Park Murder As A 15-Year-Old Sues The City

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A man framed for murder by disgraced former Chicago Police Detective Reynaldo Guevara has filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago.

Demetrius Johnson, who spent 13 years in prison, alleges Guevara hid exonerating evidence in a 1991 murder case.

In 2019, Johnson was the 20th person to a have a homicide conviction tied to Guevara thrown out. He was 15 years old when he was accused of the murder of Edwin Fred.

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His lawsuit claims an eyewitness account implicating another person in the fatal 1991 Wicker Park shooting had been concealed from prosecutors and defense attorneys. Guevara allegedly covered up a lineup report by falsifying documents and lying about it during testimony at Johnson’s trial.

Since his release in 2004, Johnson has been a youth basketball coach and a leader in youth and city anti-violence initiatives, according to Johnson’s lawyers.

“I was 15 years old when I got falsely arrested,” Johnson said in a statement from the Loevy & Loevy law firm. “My mom passed away just months later, and I’m convinced she died from a broken heart.”

His attorneys said the lawsuit was filed after a failed bid to negotiate a settlement with the city outside of court. The city has spent nearly $50 million defending lawsuits against Guevara, according to Johnson’s attorneys.

A Chicago law department spokesperson didn’t immediately have a comment.

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