Innocent Man Free After 26 Years in Prison
**Alton Logan Left Prison After an Attorney Finally Broke His Silence **
By JAN CRAWFORD GREENBURG
April 19, 2008—
Alton Logan became a free man Friday after an attorney, who knew all along that someone else gunned down a guard on the south side of Chicago, finally broke his silence after 26 years.
Logan has now spent half his life in prison for killing a security guard at a Chicago McDonald’s, a crime he has always said he did not commit.
“I never gave up hope because I knew this was something that I didn’t do,” Logan said.
A month after Logan was arrested, Dale Coventry, a Chicago public defender, stumbled on the real killer, Andrew Wilson, who was one of his clients. Coventry confronted Wilson.
“We were told that you were the shooter at the McDonald’s,” Coventry recalled of his conversation with Wilson at the time. “‘Was that true?’ He said, ‘Uh huh.’ I said, ‘With a shotgun? You killed him with the shotgun?’ and he said, ‘Yeah.’”
Under the rules of attorney-client privilege, Coventry had to keep Wilson’s confession secret.
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Tormented by his secret, Coventry wanted to do something. He wrote an affidavit that Wilson was the killer, had it notarized and locked it in a box.
When Wilson died late last year, Coventry unlocked the box and shared his secret.