An unlikely legal team is filing a petition in Peoria Thurs. that seeks to reopen the 1970 murder case of a Peoria County Sheriff’s Sergeant. The petition argues murder convict Cleve Heidelberg, who’s serving a life sentence, is innocent.
But one retired Peoria County Sheriff's lieutenant stands by his conviction the right person is behind bars.
Emanuel Manias says it’s been more than 40 years since the murder, but he still thinks about it often. Sergeant Raymond Espinoza, was his partner, an expert shooter, and his best friend.