Man cleared of killing after spending 24 years in prison

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The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office has dismissed the indictment against a man who spent 24 years in prison for a crime he has always said he didn't commit.

Rosean Hargrave is the latest beneficiary of the prosecutor's Conviction Review Unit.

His name has been cleared after prosecutors told the court they did not have enough evidence to retry him in the 1991 killing of a Rikers Island correction officer. He had been released from prison three years ago after a judge overturned his conviction on the grounds that he had not received a fair trial.

Hargrave's case is one of dozens built by former NYPD Detective Louis Scarcella, whose work has come under review in recent years, leading to a string of overturned convictions and allegations of misconduct.

Hargrave has spent half of his life in prison.

"They beat me so bad I was in the hospital for years," he says. "Because they thought that I actually did this crime."

Go HERE to watch an extended interview with Hargrave.

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