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Murder Charge Comes 32 Years After Shooting

October 15, 2005|From Associated Press

NEW YORK — A suspect was charged Friday with murder in the death last year of a man who had been shot 32 years earlier during a racial dispute.

Jose Colon, 47, died from infections related to gunshot wounds suffered when he was 15, a medical examiner ruled. The shooting had paralyzed Colon from the neck down.

Ralph Alini, 54, who has already served three years for the shooting, was arrested Thursday after being indicted on a second-degree murder charge. He was ordered held without bail.

Alini's lawyer said he would challenge the medical examiner's homicide finding.

Authorities say Colon was shot when Alini fired a gun into a crowd during a 1973 clash between Latinos and Italian Americans in Brooklyn.

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