2021 November 12 News Article – The Pantagraph – Watch now: Post-Conviction process in 1998 Bloomington murder case could be expedited

November 13, 2021 by Kade Heather CLICK HERE TO VIEW CHRIS ROSS INTERVIEW WITH THE PRESS IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE HEARING BLOOMINGTON — Barton McNeil’s quest for exoneration and a new trial for his 3-year-old daughter’s 1998 death could be fast-tracked to an evidentiary hearing which would include testimony about his petition for post-conviction relief filed on his … Read more

2021 November 12 News Article – WGLT (National Public Radio) McNeil’s post-conviction case could get fast-tracked to hearing on new evidence

WGLT | By Edith Brady-Lunny Click HERE to view the article on WGLT website Published November 12, 2021 at 4:10 PM CST

2021 Feb 23 News Article – Bloomington dad serving 100 years in death of daughter seeks new trial (Pantagraph Newspaper)

BLOOMINGTON — Lawyers for the father of a 3-year-old Bloomington girl serving a 100-year sentence for suffocating her in 1998, have filed a petition asking for a new trial based on new evidence. With the assistance of The Exoneration Project and the Illinois Innocence Project, Bart McNeil suggests new evidence, that had it been available at … Read more

2003 January 18 News Article – Judge rejects new test request

WEBSITE AUTHOR’S NOTES: Barton knew he was innocent. So he kept trying to figure out ways to prove his innocence since his court appointed attorney Tracy Smith had failed him. He discovered there was a technique to better differentiate the hair found clutched in his daughter’s hands that was unlike Christina McNeil. If there was … 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

1999 August 27 News Article – Death Officially Ruled a Homicide

WEBSITE AUTHOR NOTE: This is highly unusual and there really is no good explanation other than there appears to have been some issue back and forth between the State’s Attorneys office and the County Coroner’s office. It should be added that Dr. Violette Hnlinica, the pathologist employed by the County Coroner’s office that at the … Read more

1998 August 22 News Article – Father accused of murder shows girl’s photo to court

WEBSITE AUTHOR’S COMMENT: Thank you for your interest such that you have made it to this page. This is the first printed news article we have as Barton’s plight begins. By now you should know that Barton is the one who summoned police to return. Barton immediately identified Misook as the likely murderess of his … Read more