- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A man whose conviction was overturned in the 1988 killing of two friends is set to be freed from a New York prison.

State Supreme Court Justice Desmond Green on Thursday ordered Shabaka Shakur released after 27 years.

Green ruled earlier this week that there was a “reasonable probability” Shakur’s confession was fabricated and granted him a retrial. Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson decided Wednesday that he wouldn’t retry Shakur.

The 50-year-old Shakur had anticipated getting out as soon as Friday, but the Daily News (https://nydn.us/1RQZ5vC) says a paperwork problem delayed his release. He’ll likely be freed next week.

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 had several convictions thrown out.


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