- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 6, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson plans to vacate the conviction of a man who spent 20 years in prison for killing a man.

The Daily News (https://nydn.us/1BCdnXY ) says Thompson met with 46-year-old Derrick Hamilton on Monday to tell him the news.

Hamilton was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 1991 for the fatal shooting of Nathaniel Cash. The victim’s girlfriend testified against Hamilton, who long argued he was innocent. She later retracted her testimony and Hamilton was released early in 2011.

Thompson’s review concluded that the testimony did not match the scientific evidence.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, police detective Louis Scarcella allegedly strong-armed a witness.

Thompson’s office of other cases has resulted in 11 men being cleared so far.

Scarcella has denied any wrongdoing.


Information from: Daily News, https://www.nydailynews.com



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