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updated: 6/29/2013 10:34 AM

Murder charges dropped for man imprisoned 20 years

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CHICAGO -- A Chicago man who has spent 20 years in prison on a double-murder conviction will be released after a new investigation.

Daniel Taylor was convicted in the 1992 slayings of Jeffrey Lassiter and Sharon Haugabook in an apartment in the Uptown neighborhood.

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But Taylor says police coerced him into confessing.

Arrest records also showed that the then-17-year-old Taylor was already in police custody at the time of the killings for creating a disturbance.

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office said Friday it was dropping all charges against Taylor after a review of the case and would not pursue a re-trial.

State's Attorney Anita Alvarez says her office will also review the convictions of two imprisoned co-defendants.

Taylor was helped by the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University's Law School.

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