In the wake of the bloodshed, the pressure to find and punish the perpetrators was intense. As Bill Hughes wrote in City Limits in October 2010, "Within 24 hours, charges were lodged against eight suspects. All but one gave videotaped confessions. The one who did not was let off. The rest got 25 to life."
One of those convicted was an 18-year-old named Johnnie Hincapie. As the New York Post reports today, noted civil liberties lawyer Ron Kuby has filed a motion to overturn Hincapie's conviction.
The main questions about the conviction are the ones Hughes uncovered for City Limits: that Hincapie's confession was given under questionable conditions, that the lineups in which he was identified were not convincing, that his defense at trial was far from robust.
Read the full story, “The Murder that Changed New York City”, here.