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Man Freed, Conviction Tossed in NYC Killing After 26 Years Behind Bars

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    Man Freed, Conviction Tossed in NYC Killing After 26 Years Behind Bars

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    • A man who spent over a quarter-century behind bars while professing his innocence in a NYC killing has been cleared

    • Forty-six-year-old Carlos Weeks walked out of a Brooklyn courtroom Thursday, free for the first time since 1993

    • Weeks has been cleared after prosecutors said they no longer believe the key witnesses' testimony

    A man who spent over a quarter-century behind bars while professing his innocence in a New York City killing has been cleared after prosecutors said they no longer believe the key witnesses' testimony.

    Forty-six-year-old Carlos Weeks walked out of a Brooklyn courtroom Thursday, free for the first time since 1993.

    That's when he was arrested in a shootout that killed 21-year-old Frank Davis and wounded a 10-year-old girl. She was caught in crossfire between two groups of men outside a public housing complex.

    Weeks' now-dismissed murder conviction hinged on the testimony of two women who said they looked out their 12-floor apartment window and saw him shooting. They are sisters.

    Prosecutors and Weeks' lawyers say one woman recanted her testimony, and her sister said she now doesn't remember the shooting.

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