Convicted of murdering a security guard and facing the death penalty, Edgar Hope Jr. could find himself exonerated thanks to a law professor and a group of his students.

Chicago-Kent College of Law Professor Richard Kling and the students filed a motion Monday with the Illinois Supreme Court on behalf of Hope to stay his appeal because of evidence they have obtained pointing to another man as responsible for the murder for which Hope is on Death Row. (The People v. Edgar A. Hope Jr., No. 84602.)