Inside a room at the rear of a well-kept Bronx apartment, Keziah Burton lay facedown on the bed, stabbed twice in the neck. Her nightgown had been pulled up to her waist. A blue telephone cord was wrapped around her right wrist.
It was Jan. 3, 1989. Her son, Huwe Burton, then 16, said he found his mother murdered when he came home that evening, after having spent the day at school and then at his girlfriend’s house.
But two days later, after detectives had interrogated him for hours, Mr. Burton confessed to the police that he had stabbed his mother while high on crack during an argument. Police arrested him for murder.
Mr. Burton quickly recanted his statement, which was inconsistent with evidence at the scene. But a jury believed the confession and convicted him of murder. He served nearly 20 years in prison before being paroled in 2009.
On Thursday, a state judge in the Bronx finally believed Mr. Burton’s claim that his confession was coerced and vacated his conviction.
The judge, Steven L. Barrett, ruled after lawyers for the Innocence Project and the Bronx district attorney’s office brought forward new evidence that suggested someone else killed Ms. Burton, and that detectives had used psychologically coercive interrogation techniques to get Mr. Burton to give a false confession.
Mr. Burton, 46, choked back tears as he walked to a podium at the center of the courtroom after the ruling. “It’s been a long, long journey and I’m thankful we’ve reached this point,” he said. “I stand here for that 16-year-old boy who didn’t have anyone to protect him, and the adults didn’t protect him at that time.”
Justice Barrett expressed remorse. “Certainly it is a tragedy that Mr. Burton spent some 20 years in jail for a crime he did not commit,” Justice Barrett said. “For this I apologize on behalf of a system that failed him.”
This was the fourth conviction to be vacated in the Bronx since Darcel D. Clark became the district attorney in 2016. Last year, two men had their convictions overturned in Manhattan after serving years in prison on bogus rape charges.
After the hearing, Ms. Clark said Mr. Burton may not have been convicted on the same evidence today, given advances in interview techniques and evidence gathering. “Today his name has been cleared and now he can continue with the rest of his life,” she said at the Bronx County Hall of Justice.
The exoneration followed a collaborative investigation started in 2016 by the Innocence Project and the Bronx district attorney’s Conviction Integrity Unit, led by Gina Mignola. Both parties filed a joint motion on Thursday asking Justice Barrett to reverse the conviction and dismiss the original indictment.
Justice Barrett said he had presided over another homicide case in 1988 in which the same detectives who had elicited a false confession from Mr. Burton had coerced phony statements from two men, who implicated a third man in the murder. It later came out the third man was in jail at the time of the killing and could not have been involved.
Justice Barrett said he dismissed the idea at the time that the confessions were erroneous. The case went to trial and a jury acquitted the men in an hour. On Thursday, he acknowledged his mistake in that case, and apologized for what Mr. Burton had experienced.
Mr. Burton’s lawyers asked the Bronx district attorney’s office to participate in an audit of other cases handled by the detectives — Sgt. Frank Viggiano, Det. Stanley Schiffman and Det. Sevelie Jones — who are now retired from the police department but had served for decades.
Efforts to reach the three retired officers were unsuccessful.
Barry Scheck, co-founder of the Innocence Project, a nonprofit that uses DNA evidence to exonerate wrongly convicted prisoners, said the actions of the detectives in Mr. Burton’s case was reminiscent of Louis Scarcella, a Brooklyn detective who has been linked to several wrongful convictions.
“When you have three false confessions within two-and-a-half months by the same set of detectives, it looks to me like Scarcella on steroids,” he said.
Ms. Clark defended the detectives but said her office would still review other cases they had worked on. “What they did was not necessarily wrong — that is the way things were done then,” she said. “For 1989 that was standard practice for the N.Y.P.D., but now we know better.”
The prosecutors who handled Mr. Burton’s case are no longer at the district attorney’s office, Ms. Clark said.
According to court papers filed by prosecutors on Thursday, the detectives found no signs of forced entry or a struggle inside of the Burton’s Eastchester Road home. The contents of Ms. Burton’s purse had been dumped onto the living room floor, but the only property missing was the family’s Honda Accord and the keys to the car.
No semen or DNA was found on Ms. Burton. There was no evidence she had been raped.
Investigators suspected that the killer “was likely an insider” who had staged the crime scene, the papers said. Ms. Burton’s husband Raphael was in Jamaica at the time of the murder, and so detectives focused on her son.
During an interrogation, the police led Mr. Burton to believe that if he confessed to killing his mother he would not be charged with statutory rape for having had consensual sex with his girlfriend, who was only 13 year old, the court papers said.
The police also convinced him that if he confessed he would be taken to Family Court and his mother’s death would be treated as an accident. He was not told he faced serving time in state prison. Mr. Burton did not have a lawyer or relatives with him during the interrogation.
Nearly a week after Mr. Burton’s confession, the police had stopped Emanuel Green, who was 26 and lived downstairs from the Burtons with his girlfriend. Mr. Green had run a red light in Mount Vernon while driving Ms. Burton’s car, which had been reported stolen after her murder.
Questioned by detectives, Mr. Green said he had helped Mr. Burton cover up the murder, but denied participating. He claimed Mr. Burton admitted to him that he killed his mother during an argument over money, prosecutors said in the court papers.
What the police did not know at the time was that Mr. Green had previously been convicted of rape, and of an attempted knife-point robbery. He was himself killed before Mr. Burton’s trial, the victim of a lover’s triangle.
At the trial, the police portrayed Mr. Burton as a “callous, coldblooded murderer,” Susan Friedman, an attorney with the Innocence Project, told Justice Barrett. At the time, a videotaped confession was considered extremely powerful evidence. "No words can capture the pain and tragedy of this injustice,” Ms. Friedman said.
Mr. Burton works for an elevator repair company these days and is preparing to run in the New York City Marathon this year. Standing outside of the courtroom, Mr. Burton tried to described the moment his conviction was thrown out. “It felt like a weight was officially lifted,” he said.B:
香港彩开奖顺序【徐】【洞】【冥】【凛】【然】【不】【惧】，【眼】【睛】【发】【出】【淡】【淡】【绿】【光】【看】【着】【幽】【雀】【身】【上】【的】【羽】【毛】，【哈】【哈】【一】【笑】： “【好】【得】【很】，【你】【尽】【管】【可】【以】【试】【试】【看】，【今】【天】【不】【是】【你】【把】【我】【打】【死】，【就】【是】【我】【把】【你】【打】【死】。” 【幽】【雀】【傲】【然】【而】【立】，【不】【屑】【的】【看】【着】【徐】【洞】【冥】，【戏】【谑】【道】： “【桀】【桀】【桀】…… 【你】【敢】【这】【么】【嚣】【张】，【不】【就】【是】【以】【为】【在】【守】【夜】【司】【的】【庇】【护】【下】【可】【以】【安】【然】【无】【恙】【吗】？ 【很】【可】【惜】【你】【错】【了】，【本】【来】
【说】【到】【这】【里】，【一】【时】【间】【办】【公】【室】【里】【的】【气】【氛】【沉】【默】【且】【压】【抑】，【毕】【竟】【对】【他】【们】【而】【言】【并】【不】【是】【什】【么】【好】【事】。 “【如】【果】【我】【们】【都】【死】【了】。”【景】【跃】【咽】【了】【咽】【口】【水】，“【是】【不】【是】【代】【表】【人】【类】【再】【也】【不】【能】【成】【为】【强】【者】。” “【看】【怎】【么】【定】【义】【强】【者】【了】。”【顾】【真】【懿】【脸】【上】【的】【笑】【容】【不】【变】，“【在】【场】【的】【人】【对】【我】【而】【言】【都】【不】【算】【强】，【虽】【然】【也】【不】【能】【说】【是】【弱】【了】。”【看】【着】【景】【跃】【诧】【异】【的】【视】【线】，“【之】【前】【还】
“【敢】【问】【这】【位】【前】【辈】，【我】【看】【到】【了】【什】【么】【不】【该】【看】【的】【东】【西】？【我】【来】【死】【亡】【小】【镇】【才】【几】【天】【时】【间】，【也】【就】【是】【去】【镇】【子】【上】【吃】【了】【几】【笼】【包】【子】，【喝】【了】【几】【碗】【汤】，【能】【看】【到】【什】【么】？”【王】【尧】【委】【屈】【道】，【配】【合】【着】【面】【部】【表】【情】，【就】【像】【是】【受】【了】【无】【尽】【冤】【屈】【一】【般】。 【若】【不】【是】【非】【常】【时】【期】，【四】【大】【流】【氓】【都】【要】【忍】【不】【住】【为】【他】【点】【赞】，【简】【直】【是】【影】【帝】【级】【别】【的】【表】【演】。 “【就】【是】【啊】，【你】【说】【的】【不】【该】【看】【的】【到】【底】香港彩开奖顺序【在】【铁】【大】【山】【踏】【入】【金】【刚】【境】【不】【久】【之】【后】，【这】【一】【日】，【秦】【玄】【便】【是】【从】【杨】【青】【山】【那】【里】【得】【到】【了】【关】【于】【鬼】【神】【族】【出】【没】【的】【消】【息】，【并】【且】【提】【到】【了】【多】【个】【地】【区】，【而】【其】【中】【则】【有】【着】【东】【岳】【界】！ 【东】【岳】【界】！ 【凉】【亭】【之】【中】，【秦】【玄】【的】【眸】【子】【眯】【了】【眯】【眼】【睛】，【他】【问】【道】：“【可】【有】【安】【楠】【的】【消】【息】？” 【杨】【青】【山】【若】【有】【所】【思】【的】【说】【道】：“【虽】【然】【没】【有】【直】【接】【提】【到】【安】【楠】【的】【事】【情】，【不】【过】【却】【是】【有】【相】【关】【的】【消】
【屠】【圣】【联】【盟】【和】【武】【圣】【门】【之】【间】【争】【斗】【了】【二】【十】【多】【年】【了】。 【在】【普】【通】【人】【的】【眼】【中】，【屠】【圣】【联】【盟】【就】【是】【黑】【暗】【之】【中】【的】【老】【鼠】，【人】【人】【得】【而】【诛】【之】。【因】【为】【知】【道】【二】【十】【五】【年】【前】【武】【圣】【疯】【狂】【屠】【杀】【各】【大】【门】【派】【和】【威】【胁】【许】【飞】【的】【人】【都】【已】【经】【缄】【默】【不】【提】。 【加】【上】【如】【今】【武】【圣】【如】【日】【中】【天】，【妖】【国】【的】【妖】【王】【国】【主】【也】【臣】【服】【与】【他】，【给】【人】【类】【带】【来】【了】【和】【平】【和】【安】【宁】，【就】【算】【屠】【圣】【联】【盟】【的】【人】【散】【播】【出】【当】【年】【的】【真】
【当】【收】【到】【管】【家】【别】【野】【走】【火】【的】【消】【息】【之】【后】，【许】【彦】【文】【几】【近】【崩】【溃】，【他】【深】【深】【吸】【了】【一】【口】【气】，【和】【聚】【会】【的】【合】【作】【方】【说】【了】【抱】【歉】，【快】【步】【上】【了】【车】。 【别】【野】【里】，【许】【彦】【文】【沉】【着】【脸】【看】【着】【在】【修】【复】【烧】【焦】【痕】【迹】【的】【工】【人】，【看】【着】【管】【家】，【语】【气】【不】【善】【道】：“【我】【不】【是】【说】【过】【了】【么】，【夫】【人】【情】【绪】【不】【对】【的】【时】【候】，【就】【打】【电】【话】【给】【我】。” 【管】【家】【兼】【心】【理】【医】【生】【低】【下】【了】【头】，【歉】【疚】【道】：“【夫】【人】【情】【绪】【很】
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