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Wrongfully Convicted Man Walks Free for First Time in 25 Yea
Tue Mar 15, 2016 04:46

Wrongfully Convicted Man Walks Free for First Time in 25 Years Andre Hachett
“I told y’all I didn’t do this”, said Andre Hatchett after his conviction for a 1991Andre Hachett murder was thrown out during court proceedings on Thursday.

Hatchett, who is mentally disabled, was exuberant at a New York court as he walked free for the first time in 25 years.

Hatchett, 49, had been convicted of killing a woman found dead in a park.

Hatchett also had a connection with the woman since he was a friend who’d left the woman’s home with her that night. The woman lived in a rooming house where Hatchett went frequently to visit his aunt.

According to Hatchett’s lawyers, testimony of the key witness was tainted since the witness had previously identified another man as being responsible for the murder. Hatchett’s defense attorneys were never made aware of this inconsistency.

Also not mentioned in court was Hatchett’s physical and mental condition. He’s not only intellectually disabled, but as CBS New York reports, he was on crutches at the time of the woman’s death after having been shot in the legs and trachea. Those injuries would’ve made it difficult for him to drag a body into the park.

“Bad judgment and errors plagued this case from beginning to end,” Jim Brochin, an attorney for Hatchett, said in a statement.

“I’m so happy to be free again. I lost my son, my mom and my dad while in here. I’m home again,” Hatchett said, according to the New York Daily News.

“I’ve been innocent for 25 years. There’s a lot of innocent people in jail,” he said.

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