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Bloomington businessman David Hendricks, whose earlier conviction was thrown out by the state Supreme Court, was acquitted of the ax slayings of his wife and three children in 1983.

Hendricks' relatives embraced and wept after the verdict Thursday was read in Judge Richard Baner's McLean County courtroom. It took Baner several moments to quiet the jury and Hendricks had a slight smile on his face as panel members were polled.Hendricks' wife and three young children were found dead in their home Nov. 8, 1983, and he was convicted of the ax slayings in 1984.

But the Illinois Supreme Court granted him a retrial, ruling prosecutors improperly introduced evidence about his affairs with women who modeled his back braces. Prosecutors said Hendricks' motive was sexual rage sparked by his extra-marital relationships.