Man released from jail after being found not guilty of first-degree murder 3 years later

Christopher Irving was accused of murder in July 2019; his attorney said he was acting in self-defense.

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A man was released from jail April 23, 2022 after a judge found him not guilty of first-degree murder.

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After spending three years behind bars, Christopher Irving was released from jail Saturday after a judge found him not guilty of first-degree murder.

Irving was charged in July 2019 for the death of Francisco Avila-Murillo. He was accused of first-degree murder after he shot and killed Avila-Murillo in an alley near Vincennes Road and Collins Street in Blue Island June 26, 2019.

Irving’s defense attorney, Michael Ettinger, said he was acting in self-defense.

“He felt it was coming, that there was justice, he would be found not guilty,” Ettinger told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Ettinger said he tried to appeal for Irving to be released from jail on bond, but it never happened. It’s “not often” someone spends three years in jail and is found not guilty, according to Ettinger.

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