Man cleared of NYC murder after 25 years in prison

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Associated Press

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 11:30 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who served almost a quarter-century behind bars has been cleared of a New York City killing that happened when he was about 1,000 miles away on a Disney World vacation.

Jonathan Fleming was in tears as he hugged his lawyers and family Tuesday. Relatives said "Thank you, God!" after he was freed.

Defense attorneys and prosecutors sought the dismissal of Fleming's conviction in the 1989 shooting of Darryl Rush.

An eyewitness recanted her testimony soon after Fleming's 1990 conviction, but he lost appeals. The defense asked prosecutors to review the case last year.

Lawyers Anthony Mayol (MAY'-ohl) and Taylor Koss say the defense found new witnesses. They say the review produced a hotel receipt putting Fleming in Florida hours before the shooting.

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