Willie Randolph, rapist, finally charged in 1991 rape, murder of Illinois teen after men known as ‘Dixmoor Five’ had wrongly served nearly 20 years in his stead

58-year-old sex offender Willie Randolph to be charged in 1991 rape and murder of 14-year-old Cateresa Mathews

58-year-old sex offender, Willie Randolph, charged in 1991 rape, murder of  14-year-old Cateresa Mathews

DNA evidence against Randolph discovered five years ago, recently made self-incriminating prison statements  “with much bravado”

Cateresa vanished late 1991 after leaving grandmother’s home, her body was found three weeks later

Five innocent men known as  “Dixmoor Five”  wrongly served almost 2 decades for crime, successfully sued IL for $40 million

Five teenagers – Robert Lee Veal, Shainnie Sharp, Robert Taylor, James Harden and Jonathan Barr – railroaded by IL police to confess a crime they didn’t commit

Randolph charged, Thursday, murder, kidnapping and predatory criminal sexual assault

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Cateresa Mathews was 14 when she was murdered in suburban Dixmoor back in 1991, allegedly, by paroled sex offender Willi Randolph

A 58-year-old sex offender will be charged in the 1991 rape and murder of a 14-year-old suburban Chicago girl after men known as the “Dixmoor Five” had wrongly spent time in prison for the crime.

Investigators have reopened the case of a 14-year-old girl murdered in suburban Dixmoor back in 1991. Five people were convicted for the killing of Cateresa Matthews. They were later exonerated. On Wednesday, investigators say evidence points to a new suspect.
Cateresa Matthews was 14 when she was raped and murdered in November 1991. A year later, five teenaged boys were arrested, convicted, and sent to prison.
At the point of their conviction in 1992, Wilson Pierce, Illinois State Police, noted: “It’s a shame that the youth have very little remorse for the loss of life”.
The reason for their apathy was the fact that they did not commit the crime. the conviction was overturned anthey were set free in 2011. Three of them already spent 18 years in prison, on the strength of coerced confessions.
They successfully sued claiming they were railroaded by police who overlooked the real killer, a man they identify as a convicted sex offender from Dixmoor, paroled shortly before the crime

Dixmore five wrongly convicted of rape murder1.jpgRobert Lee Veal, Shainnie Sharp, Robert Taylor, James Harden and Jonathan Barr – the  ‘Dixmoor Five.’ Wrongly convicted as teenagers of Cateresa’s rape, murder in 1992. After spending  between 10 to 18 years in jail, successfully sued the state of Michigan for $40 million
Willie Randolph will appear in bond court on Thursday afternoon on charges of murder, kidnapping and predatory criminal sexual assault in the death of Dixmoor teen Cateresa Matthews. He is already serving a three-year sentence for drug possession in an Illinois state prison, but was to be released in a few weeks.
The “Dixmoor Five” reached a $40 million settlement with Illinois State Police two years ago after they were cleared of all charges in Cateresa’s death. They served between 10 and 18 years in prison before DNA evidence exonorated them, pointing to Randolph.

Theresa Matthews with photo of daughter Cateresa1Theresa Matthews  enfolds photo of daughter Cateresa

The DNA evidence against Randolph was discovered five years ago, but authorities did not bring charges against the sex offender until now.
“I kept meeting with them and meeting with them, and they said they were investigating,” Cateresa’s mother Theresa Matthews said, Wednesday.
“They said, ‘We don’t have enough evidence.’ And I said, ‘What more do you need? You have the DNA.’ It just didn’t make any sense.”
Apparently Randolph “with much bravado,”  recently made statements in prison to incriminating himself in the 1991 rape and murder of Cateresa who vanished after leaving her grandmother’s home. Her body was found three weeks later.

dixmoor raped and murdered Cateresa Mathews in 1991
Registered pervert Willie Randolph charged in the murder of Cateresa Mathews

The five teenage boys were arrested almost a year later. Three of them confessed and named the others. Two of them, Robert Lee Veal and Shainnie Sharp, testified in exchange for reduced sentences.

Lawyers for three of the five asked for DNA testing in 2009. Dixmoor cops could not find the evidence and the testing was delayed. However, by 2011, the “Dixmoore Five” were cleared.
Three of the five — Robert Taylor, James Harden and Jonathan Barr — spent nearly 20 years in prison before release.
“The police had reassured me that they were the ones,” Theresa Matthews said. “It disappointed me when they were the wrong guys. I thought everything was over with. It was really stressful to hear they were the wrong people. Then they didn’t charge this new person. I couldn’t understand it.”

Theresa Mathews mother of dixmoor murder rape victim, Cateresa1.jpg

Theresa Matthews says her daughter wanted to be an accountant – ” It’s up to me to speak for my baby”

The five’s lawsuit alleged that cops ignored evidence leading to Randolph and erronously focused on them, leading to wrongful convictions.
Theresa Matthews intends to be present at all of Randolph’s hearings.
“I’ll be there at every last one, unless the good Lord takes me away,”  “That’s the only way I won’t be there. I’m Cateresa’s voice. I have to speak for her. I want justice for her. It’s up to me to speak for my baby.”

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