Brooklyn man exonerated in 27-year-old murder case to be retried

The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office announced their decision Friday to retry the case of a Brooklyn man who was exonerated after spending nearly three decades in prison.

News 12 Staff

Mar 7, 2020, 3:52 AM

Updated 1,540 days ago

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The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office announced their decision Friday to retry the case of a Brooklyn man who was exonerated after spending nearly three decades in prison.
Emmanuelle Cooper arrived to court with his wife at his side with hopes for his murder case to be dismissed so that he could finally be a free man after serving 27 years in prison for a crime he says he did not commit.
Cooper is charged with the 1993 murder of city token clerk Andres Baretto, who was shot and killed in the booth of the Euclid Avenue subway station in East New York.
“I've been an innocent man all my life. I don't know why they are doing this to me," Cooper said.
In January, Cooper's case was overturned by a judge based on what Cooper's legal team says were false statements made by witnesses in the case.
In court, the Brooklyn DA's office said they intend to retry the case.
A spokesperson for the DA's office says in part, "We believe the two eyewitnesses to the murder who identified Mr. Cooper as the shooter were credible then, and after speaking to them again, during our reinvestigation of this case, we believe they remain credible and they are prepared to testify again."
Cooper and his attorney Thomas Hoffman said they are disappointed by the decision but they are prepared to go to trial.
"Mr. Cooper is innocent, and unfortunately his suffering will be extended for a little period of time and we're ready to try this case and prove that he is innocent," Hoffman said.
If Cooper is convicted, Hoffman said he could face 25 years to life, the same sentence he was originally convicted of.
His next court date is scheduled for May 13.


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