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July 27, 2013

P.I. asks Quinn for pardon in 1986 Paris murders

SPRINGFIELD, MO. — A private investigator wants the governor to pardon two men who spent years in prison for murders before being released.

Randy Steidl and Herb Whitlock spent more than a decade behind bars for the 1986 murders in the east central Illinois community of Paris.

Steidl spent 17 years in prison, including 12 on death row, and Whitlock was sentenced to life in prison before they were released because of flawed evidence.

The two were convicted of killing newlyweds Karen and Dyke Rhoads, who were found in their burning two-story home. Each had been stabbed more than 20 times.

Private investigator Bill Clutter asked Gov. Pat Quinn for the pardon this week. A previous pardon filed with ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich was never acted upon.

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