NEW YORK (AP) — Three men who spent 17 years in prison for killing a New York City livery cab driver have been freed after a judge granted prosecutors' request to vacate their convictions in another murder.
The men had already been cleared of the 1995 murder of the driver after two jailed gang members confessed to it. But another conviction, stemming from the murder of a Federal Express executive, remained.
During the trial, the two killings were closely linked.
On Wednesday, prosecutors acknowledged problems with some of the evidence against the men, concluding the "convictions then must be vacated."
The men were freed without bail. The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/VZ2A7N ) says the judge set a hearing in 90 days to see if prosecutors could come up with new evidence to justify another trial.
Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com