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Chicago Murder Clearance Rate Worst In More Than 2 Decades

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 31: Mary Long holds a picture of her son Eric Williams during a press conference she attended with other family members of murder victims on December 31, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Williams was 25-years-old when he was murdered on March 12, 2012. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 31: Mary Long holds a picture of her son Eric Williams during a press conference she attended with other family members of murder victims on December 31, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Williams was 25-years-old when he was murdered on March 12, 2012. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Story by Mark Konkol, courtesy of DNAinfo.com Chicago:

CHICAGO — In 2012, the body count — 506 murders — marked Chicago as America’s murder capital.

But here’s another grim statistic: Chicago police solved just 129 of those killings last year, a 25 percent clearance rate — the lowest in 21 years.

And even when police clear murder cases, that doesn’t mean someone always gets charged with murder.

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