Convictions Overturned for 3 Men in 1980 Arson Fire That Killed Mother, 5 Children - NBC New York

Convictions Overturned for 3 Men in 1980 Arson Fire That Killed Mother, 5 Children

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    Judge Clears Three Men Convicted in 1980 Arson-Murder Case

    Three men sent to jail for a 1980 fire that killed a Brooklyn mother and her five children had their convictions overturned after a review of the case found that the fire was not intentionally set. Sarah Wallace reports. (Published Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015)

    A New York judge has overturned the arson and murder convictions of three men in a 1980 fire that killed a mother and her five children. 

    Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson asked the judge to clear the men. He says they were convicted based on outdated fire science and a lying witness.

    Two of the men attended Wednesday's hearing in Brooklyn state Supreme Court. The third died in prison; his widow was present in court.

    William Vasquez, Amaury Villalobos and Raymond Mora were convicted of arson and six murders after a 1981 trial. Vasquez and Villalobos were paroled in 2012 and Mora died in 1989.

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