Lawyers for man convicted of killing off-duty Chicago police officer allege department hid evidence in murder investigation
A Chicago police officer stands guard at the scene where off-duty Officer Clifton Lewis was shot and killed overnight at an Austin neighborhood convenience store, Dec. 30, 2011. - E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS

CHICAGO — Chicago police scrubbed evidence that could have helped clear a man convicted of the murder of off-duty Officer Clifton Lewis, and kept further evidence hidden from both prosecutors and defense attorneys, a new court filing alleges. Attorneys for Alexander Villa, who was convicted of the murder in 2019 but is still awaiting sentencing, want an order from a judge letting them inspect police files directly, instead of relying on what police have turned over to attorneys. Lewis, an eight-year veteran of the department, was fatally shot in December 2011 at the West Side convenience store...