Prosecutors to appeal conviction reversal in '90 NY stabbing

Created: 11/09/2015 5:53 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision to overturn a nearly 25-year-old conviction in a deadly tourist mugging that symbolized a dangerous time in New York City.

The Manhattan district attorney's office said Monday it still believes Johnny Hincapie (hihn-KAHP'-ee-ay) is guilty of murder and "that fact does not change."

Hincapie was among seven men convicted in a 1990 attack on Brian Watkins, who was stabbed while defending his parents from a subway robbery. Watkins and his parents were in town from Provo, Utah, for the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

Hincapie says he was coerced into falsely confessing.

He was freed last month after a judge ordered a new trial, noting new testimony from two witnesses and a co-defendant saying he wasn't involved.

Hincapie says he feels evidence will speak for itself in his appeal.

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