Starks was wrongly convicted in Lake County of a 1986 rape and battery that he did not commit. He spent the next 27 years fighting to clear his name, with 21 of those years spent in prison.
DNA testing established his innocence in 2001, but Starks remained in prison until 2006 and was not fully exonerated until 2013 when the newly elected Lake County state’s attorney took office and dismissed all of his charges.
His Certificate of Innocence, granted this week on Wednesday, Sept. 25, makes him eligible for compensation from the State of Illinois.
Starks spent over a decade fighting for his freedom after DNA proved his innocence: How could this happen in our own backyard?
To meet Starks, hear his story and learn more about the causes of wrongful conviction, come to the Riley Courtroom (Room 170 of Swen Parson Hall). Food and drinks will be provided.
For more information, call (217) 206-8520 or email [email protected].