Andre Hatchett cleared of 1991 Bed-Stuy murder

Andre Hatchett walked free Thursday afternoon for the first time in 25 years after investigators cleared his wrongful conviction. Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson's conviction review unit found

News 12 Staff

Mar 11, 2016, 3:18 AM

Updated 2,964 days ago

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Andre Hatchett cleared of 1991 Bed-Stuy murder
Andre Hatchett walked free Thursday afternoon for the first time in 25 years after investigators cleared his wrongful conviction.
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson's conviction review unit found that Hatchett's second-degree murder conviction in the 1991 death of Neda Mae Carter in a Bed-Stuy park was improper.
The investigation concluded that the conviction was "deficient" because the lone witness used against Hatchett was unreliable.
The investigation also found that Hatchett was deprived of due process and that the prosecution at the time did not provide Hatchett's defense lawyers with evidence that could have cleared him 25 years ago.
Hatchett, who turns 50 this year and has spent about half of his life in prison, says he's just happy to be out.
"I just want to maintain, and stay with my family, and stay out of trouble," he said.


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