- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - The Brooklyn district attorney has decided not to retry a man who was granted a new trial in the 1988 killing of two friends over an argument about a car.

District Attorney Kenneth Thompson told The New York Times Wednesday (https://nyti.ms/1RLy5xO ) that the ability to retry 50-year-old Shabaka Shakur has been “compromised” and he will consent to his release.

State Supreme Court Justice Desmond Green ruled Tuesday there was a “reasonable probability” Shakur’s confession was fabricated.

The case is one of many involving retired detective Louis Scarcella that have come under scrutiny. Scarcella has denied any wrongdoing.

The district attorney has moved to have several cases thrown out.

Shakur’s attorney says he’ll ask Thompson to dismiss an indictment against Shakur Thursday, meaning Shakur could be released from prison.


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