Trio wrongfully convicted of New York murder released after 18 years in prison

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E) – Three men imprisoned for almost 18 years for two murders they long claimed they did not commit were released Wednesday night in Bronx, New York.

According to reports, a judge granted the prosecution’s request to vacate the last remaining convictions, allowing Michael Cosme, Devon Ayers and Carlos Perez to walk free without bail.

The men were convicted for the slayings of a taxi driver and a Federal Express executive in 1995 but almost two decades later, two former gang members confessed to the murder of the cab driver, although the conviction on the Federal Express executive’s murder remained.

But because the murder of the cab driver, Baithe Diop, and the executive, Denise Raymond, happened in the area only three days apart, the conviction for the executive’s murder has become questionable.

The New York Times reported that assistant district attorney, Nicole Keary, addressing Justice Denis J. Boyle of State Supreme Court on Wednesday said that problems with some of the evidence that had been used against the men determine that “the convictions then must be vacated.”

At the prosecution’s request, the indictment was not dismissed and a hearing was scheduled in 90 days to check if the prosecutors would have new evidence to justify a second trial.

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