- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Officials say a man who served 24 years in prison for a fatal drive-by shooting in 1991 has been released.

The New York Times reports (https://nyti.ms/1KZIKPP ) the 1993 murder conviction of 53-year-old Ruddy Quezada was overturned Monday after Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson acknowledged his office had withheld key evidence in the case.

A search of records produced a December 2004 email showing that prosecutors had issued a material-witness order to detain a witness until he agreed to testify against Quezada.

Quezada was accused of killing Jose Rosado in a drug-related murder and was arrested after two men told police he had pulled the trigger.

Prosecutors still believe Quezada had a role in the shooting, but agreed with the defense that his due-process rights were violated during the process of appealing the conviction.


This story has been corrected to show the district attorney’s office agreed due-process rights were violated during the appeal process, not during the trial.


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