- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - Prosecutors have decided not to appeal a judge’s decision granting a new trial to a now free Massachusetts man who served 21 years in prison for a slaying he says he did not commit.

A spokeswoman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett confirmed Tuesday that the office did not appeal the ruling by the May 30 deadline.

Prosecutors, however, have not yet decided whether they’ll seek to retry Angel Echavarria, or drop it altogether. That decision is expected at a June 16 hearing.

Echavarria, now 48, was convicted in the January 1994 slaying of Daniel Rodriguez in Lynn. But a judge overturned the conviction on April 30, based in large part on questions raised by a decade-long project by the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.


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