In this Nov. 1, 1989, photo provided by vosizneias.com, courtesy of Isaac Abraham, Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger, center right, attends a wedding in the Williamsburg section of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Werzberger was killed in 1990 during a botched diamond robbery attempt and a man was convicted and sent to prison. On Thursday, March 21, 2013, the murder conviction ofDavid Ranta, 58, was vacated by a Brooklyn judge based on a review that determined Rantaprobably did not kill Werzberger and concluded detectives had mishandled aspects of the investigation. At center left is Rabbi Yisrael Chaim Menashe Friedman. (AP Photo/ vosizneias.com, courtesy of Isaac Abraham)
In this Feb. 12, 1990 file photo, mourners estimated in the thousands carry the coffin bearing the remains of Rabbi Haskel Werzberger in the Williamsburg section of the Brooklyn borough of New York. David Ranta, the man convicted for Werzberger’s 1990 murder, is expected to appear in a New York courtroom on Thursday, March 21, 2013, where a judge will rule on a defense motion to vacate his second-degree murder conviction. (AP Photo/Mark D. Phillips, File)
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has freed a man convicted in the 1990 killing of a Brooklyn rabbi.
David Ranta’s murder conviction was vacated on Thursday with the support of prosecutors.
Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger was shot on Feb. 8, 1990, by a man fleeing a botched robbery. Thousands attended the funeral for the Hasidic rabbi.
A recent review by the Brooklyn district attorney’s office cast doubt on witness testimony and concluded detectives had mishandled aspects of the investigation.
The 58-year Ranta has been serving time in a Buffalo prison.