Man convicted of killing NY rabbi freed

David Ranta, who spent more than two decades behind bars for the cold-blooded

slaying of a Brooklyn rabbi, was released March 21 after a reinvestigation by prosecutors cast serious

doubt on evidence used to convict him. (AP)

David Ranta is hugged by his attorney Pierre Sussman after Judge Miriam Cyrulnik freed him, in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, 58, who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the Feb. 8, 1990 shooting of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
David Ranta is hugged by his attorney Pierre Sussman after Judge Miriam Cyrulnik freed him, in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, 58, who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the Feb. 8, 1990 shooting of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
David Ranta is hugged by his attorney Pierre Sussman after Judge Miriam Cyrulnik freed him, in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, 58, who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the Feb. 8, 1990 shooting of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
David Ranta kisses a family member after Judge Miriam Cyrulnik freed him, in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, 58, who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed by a New York City judge on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the Feb. 8, 1990 shooting of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
David Ranta kisses a family member after Judge Miriam Cyrulnik freed him, in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, 58, who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed by a New York City judge on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the Feb. 8, 1990 shooting of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
David Ranta kisses a family member after Judge Miriam Cyrulnik freed him, in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, 58, who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed by a New York City judge on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the Feb. 8, 1990 shooting of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
David Ranta is hugged by family members after Judge Miriam Cyrulnik freed him, in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, 58, who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the Feb. 8, 1990 shooting of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
David Ranta is hugged by family members after Judge Miriam Cyrulnik freed him, in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, 58, who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the Feb. 8, 1990 shooting of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
David Ranta is hugged by family members after Judge Miriam Cyrulnik freed him, in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, 58, who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the Feb. 8, 1990 shooting of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
David Ranta, right, stands with his attorney Pierre Sussman, in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, 58, who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed by a New York City judge on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the Feb. 8, 1990 shooting of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
David Ranta, right, stands with his attorney Pierre Sussman, in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, 58, who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed by a New York City judge on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the Feb. 8, 1990 shooting of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
David Ranta, right, stands with his attorney Pierre Sussman, in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, 58, who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed by a New York City judge on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the Feb. 8, 1990 shooting of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
David Ranta, right, smiles while speaking to reporters at Brooklyn Supreme court in New York Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, who spent more than two decades behind bars, was freed by a judge on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the cold-blooded shooting of a Brooklyn rabbi. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
David Ranta, right, smiles while speaking to reporters at Brooklyn Supreme court in New York Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, who spent more than two decades behind bars, was freed by a judge on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the cold-blooded shooting of a Brooklyn rabbi. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
David Ranta, right, smiles while speaking to reporters at Brooklyn Supreme court in New York Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, who spent more than two decades behind bars, was freed by a judge on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the cold-blooded shooting of a Brooklyn rabbi. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
David Ranta, right, leaves state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, with his attorney Pierre Sussman in New York Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, 58, who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed by a New York City judge on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the Feb. 8, 1990 shooting of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
David Ranta, right, leaves state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, with his attorney Pierre Sussman in New York Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, 58, who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed by a New York City judge on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the Feb. 8, 1990 shooting of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
David Ranta, right, leaves state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, with his attorney Pierre Sussman in New York Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, 58, who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed by a New York City judge on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the Feb. 8, 1990 shooting of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
Family members react as David Ranta is freed, in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, 58, who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed by Judge Miriam Cyrulnik on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the Feb. 8, 1990 shooting of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
Family members react as David Ranta is freed, in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, 58, who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed by Judge Miriam Cyrulnik on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the Feb. 8, 1990 shooting of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
Family members react as David Ranta is freed, in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, 58, who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed by Judge Miriam Cyrulnik on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the Feb. 8, 1990 shooting of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
Judge Miriam Cyrulnik presides in the case of David Ranta, in New York state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, 58, who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the Feb. 8, 1990 shooting of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
Judge Miriam Cyrulnik presides in the case of David Ranta, in New York state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, 58, who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the Feb. 8, 1990 shooting of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
Judge Miriam Cyrulnik presides in the case of David Ranta, in New York state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday, March 21, 2013. Ranta, 58, who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the Feb. 8, 1990 shooting of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
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 of David Ranta, 58, was vacated by a Brooklyn judge based on a review that determined Ranta probably 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) MANDATORY CREDIT
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 of David Ranta, 58, was vacated by a Brooklyn judge based on a review that determined Ranta probably 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) MANDATORY CREDIT
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 of David Ranta, 58, was vacated by a Brooklyn judge based on a review that determined Ranta probably 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) MANDATORY CREDIT
FILE- 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)
FILE- 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)
FILE- 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)

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