Newspaper says man jailed in rabbi's 1990 killing to be freed after case unravels

A newspaper says a man who has been jailed since 1990 for the killing of a Brooklyn rabbi is about to be set free after an investigation found he is probably innocent.

The New York Times reports ( ) that Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes will ask a state judge to release the prisoner, David Ranta.

Ranta was convicted of murder after Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger was shot on Feb. 8, 1990, by a man fleeing a botched robbery. Thousands attended the funeral for the Hasidic rabbi.

The Times says the detectives who arrested Ranta broke numerous rules and kept few written records. The newspaper says Ranta could be freed as early as Thursday.

The investigation was done by a unit that Hynes created to look into questionable convictions.


Information from: The New York Times,