DIXON, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago man is free for the first time in nearly 30 years after a judge threw out his conviction.

Demond Weston says, “It was a long road here and we made it.”  He claims he was tortured into confessing to a 1990 murder and other shootings.

Special prosecutor Bob Milan says he couldn’t substantiate allegations of police abuse. But he says the evidence against Weston didn’t meet the strict burden of beyond a reasonable doubt. A lawsuit against police is possible.