It's been more than 24 years since Derrick Deacon was jailed for a murder charge he's always denied, 12 years since a different killer was identified, 17 months since an appeals court ordered a new trial — and it took only nine minutes for a jury to finally clear him.
Deacon, 58, trembled in tears when the Brooklyn panel swiftly found him not guilty of the April 1989 slaying and robbery of Anthony Wynn in the hallway of a Flatbush building.
"There was no case," the foreperson said afterwards. "There was never a shred of evidence against Derrick Deacon. Why did they try him a second time if he's been in jail for 24 years?"
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