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Inquiry: 5 Convicted in NYC Cabbie Killing Not Guilty

Friday, August 03, 2012

New  York City yellow taxi, cab, (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

A review by federal prosecutors has concluded that five people convicted in the 1995 killing of a livery cab driver in New York City were not guilty of murder.

The New York Times reports that the findings by the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan were reported to the Bronx district attorney in June.

A spokesman for District Attorney Robert Johnson said Thursday it had not yet had been able "to resolve all of the questions that have been raised by this evidence."

Cab driver Baithe Diop was shot five times inside his cab during a robbery in the Bronx.

The lawyers for the defendants, who had pleaded not guilty and remain imprisoned, say they will file papers asking that their client's convictions be vacated based on newly discovered evidence.

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