A man who has spent 25 years in prison for crime he didn’t commit was on Thursday set free by Brooklyn court. 'I told y'all I didn't do this,' Andre Hatchett said inside Brooklyn Supreme Court after his wrongful conviction for a 1991 murder was thrown out. 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.
Hatchett's lawyers said they'd found the murder case was tainted with a dubious star witness, prosecutorial mistakes that denied Hatchett key information and defense lawyers who failed him at not one but two trials.
The murder victim had been found dead, naked, beaten and dragged into a cross-like position in a park. And Hatchett had an instant connection to the crime: He was a friend who left the victim's apartment with her that night.