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Man freed after 23 years in prison, cleared of killing N.Y. rabbi

March 21, 2013|By Michael Muskal
  • David Ranta kisses a family member after being freed in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New York. He spent more than two decades behind bars before a reinvestigation cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the 1990 shooting of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger.
David Ranta kisses a family member after being freed in state Supreme Court… (Richard Drew / Associated…)

After more than two decades in prison, David Ranta walked out of a Brooklyn courtroom a free man Thursday, no longer charged with murdering a rabbi in one of the city’s more well-known homicides.

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