08/17/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Jon Burge Tells Judge He Will Testify In His Own Defense

Former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge told U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow on Wednesday that he intends to take the stand at his perjury and obstruction-of-justice trial.

Burge, who has been accused of torturing criminal suspects and lying about it in a civil lawsuit, will specifically testify that he was not at Area 2 headquarters when convicted cop killer Andrew Wilson said he was beaten and strewn across a hot radiator in February 1982, Burge's attorney, Marc Martin, said.

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