Is Cleve Heidelberg innocent?

 That’s the case being made by the lede article in this month’s Community Word (no link available yet). Heidelberg was convicted of shooting Peoria County Sheriff’s Department Ray Espinoza some 45 years ago. Former police officer Marcella Teplitz and others are quoted describing lack of witness identification, destroyed evidence and other irregularities.

Whatever one things about Heidelberg’s conviction for Espinoza’s murder, I hesitate to use the work innocent. Plenty had has come out about his behavior in other cases. Go read Rick Baker’s book, “Baker’s Best,” which had at lease one article about Heidelberg.

Few characters in Peoria history are as reviled as Heidelberg. Anyone suggesting he is innocent is bound to be the subject of criticism in some quarters. / 

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