2022 April 1 News Article – The Pantagraph – Prosecutors agree to hearings on Bloomington man’s innocence claim in 1998 murder

Kade Heather April 1, 2022 Click HERE to view the article on The Pantagraph. The article can be played when on their website. Also the 41-page Petition is available for download on their website. BLOOMINGTON — Prosecutors on Friday conceded that a hearing is “legally required” on two aspects of a Bloomington man’s petition for post-conviction relief from … Read more

2022 April 1 News Article – HOI ABC News – Prosecutors reject convicted killer’s new trial request

By Darnysha Mitchell Published: Dec. 10, 2021 at 4:50 PM PST Click HERE for link to news piece as it aired on ABC BLOOMINGTON (Heart of Illinois ABC) – A Bloomington man serving a life sentence after being convicted of killing his daughter is hoping to find justice for his daughter and be exonerated- but it looks … Read more

2022 April 1 News Article – WGLT NPR News – Prosecutors push back on Barton McNeil’s claims in his push for a new trial in daughter’s murder

WGLT | By Edith Brady-Lunny Published April 1, 2022 at 3:48 PM CDT Click HERE to be taken to the article as published at WGLT Evidence that Christina McNeil was murdered by someone other than her father was challenged on Friday by the state in a motion to dismiss Bart McNeil’s petition for a new trial on … Read more

2022 April 1 News Article – WMBD CBS – State files petition to dismiss new trial for Barton McNeil

by: Austin Schick Posted: Apr 1, 2022 / 08:35 PM CDT McNeil believes he was wrongfully convicted for 1998 murder of his daughter Click HERE to view CBS local news piece. BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — On Friday, prosecutors with the McLean County State’s Attorney’s Office refuted evidence that the 1998 murder of 3-year-old Christina McNeil was committed … Read more

2021 December 11 News Article – The Pantagraph & Quad City Times – Watch now: State moves to dismiss McNeil’s petition for relief

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ON-LINE ARTICLE AND TO VIEW VIDEO OF FRIEND AND FORMER CO-WORKER OF BARTON MCNEIL, JEFF BOYER BLOOMINGTON – Prosecutors have until April 1 to file a motion to dismiss Barton M. McNeil’s petition for post-conviction relief from his 1999 murder conviction for his 3-year-old daughter’s death. McNeil, now 62, is serving a … Read more

2021 December 10 News Article – WHOI (ABC News) – Prosecutors reject convicted killer’s new trial request

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ON-AIR PROGRAM THAT ACCOMPANIED THIS ARTICLE By Darnysha Mitchell | Published: Dec. 10, 2021 at 4:50 PM PST|Updated: 2 hours ago BLOOMINGTON (Heart of Illinois ABC) – A Bloomington man serving a life sentence after being convicted of killing his daughter is hoping to find justice for his daughter and be exonerated- but it … Read more

2021 December 10 News Article – WMBD (CBS) – State looks to dismiss Bart McNeil’s request for a new trial

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 1-MINUTE NEWS PIECE THAT AIRED ON THE LOCAL CBS NEWS TELECAST BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — The fight for a Bloomington man’s freedom was delayed Friday after state prosecutors told a judge they are seeking a dismissal in a retrial for a 1998 murder. Barton McNeil’s hopes for an evidentiary hearing … Read more

2020 April 2 News Article – Internet Opens Door To Wrongful Conviction Cases

WGLT | By Edith Brady-LunnyPublished April 2, 2020 at 1:33 PM CDT Defendants exonerated of crimes they did not commit serve an average of 13 years before their release from prison. In many cases, the stretch between conviction and exoneration lasts decades. Years of sparsely attended court proceedings go largely unnoticed until a judge’s final order allowing … Read more

2002 July 19 News Article – Child Killer’s new jail term 100 years

WEBSITE AUTHOR NOTES: As referenced in Barton’s lifetime sentencing article dated August 12, 1999, due to sentencing guidelines, Barton had to face the same judge who had sentenced him. Barton only received notice of this “resentencing hearing” a week before it was to take place with Barton being visited by his former attorney Tracy Smith. … Read more