David Ranta was released last March. He had been convicted in the death of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger during a botched robbery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in February 1990.
A retired New York City police detective continued to refuse to comment Monday about a review of cases associated with him by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.
Prosecutors said 2 months after a high-profile 1990 murder case he investigated was thrown out, dozens more convictions associated with retired detective Louis Scarcella are under review.
The man who spent 23 years in prison before being cleared of the 1990 murder of a rabbi suffered a heart attack on his second day of freedom Friday.
“I’m overwhelmed. I feel like I’m under water, swimming. Like I said from the beginning, I had nothing to do with this case,” 58-year-old David Ranta said after leaving state court in Brooklyn.
A man wrongly convicted of murdering a Brooklyn rabbi two decades ago is about to be sprung from a state prison, after serving almost his entire prison term.