- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A man found guilty of murder in 2009 has become the latest person to have his conviction overturned by the Brooklyn district attorney’s office.

Joel Fowler was freed Tuesday. He was convicted of murdering a 24-year-old man in 2008 and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

The New York Times (https://nyti.ms/1KQ68BC ) says the chief of the district attorney’s office’s Conviction Review Unit asked the court Tuesday to vacate Fowler’s conviction.

Mark Hale said “multifaceted confluence of issues” had led to Fowler’s wrongful conviction, including ineffective counsel, an unreliable witness and a false confession from a frightened Fowler.

Hale says Fowler was nowhere near the incident.

Fowler is the 14th person to be exonerated in Brooklyn since Kenneth Thompson became district attorney in 2014.


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