A Brooklyn, N.Y., family has finally received compensation from New York City for the two decades three brothers spent in prison for murders they did not commit, receiving a total of $17 million from the city, the city comptroller confirmed Monday, the New York Post reports.
Robert Hill, Alvena Jennette and Daryl Austin—half brothers who share the same mother—were exonerated by a Brooklyn judge eight months ago following a probe into cases compiled by now-retired NYPD Detective Louis Scarcella.
According to the Post, approximately 70 of the homicide detective’s murder convictions are currently under investigation by the district attorney, who is probing allegations of coerced testimony, false confessions and hiding exculpatory evidence.
The Post reports that most of Scarcella’s convictions rested on the testimony of a Teresa Gomez, a prostitute with a known drug addiction. Gomez is now dead. Lawyers fighting on the brothers’ behalf argued that Gomez was “hopelessly addicted to drugs, criminal in her conduct for the most part, increasingly erratic in terms of her accounts,” the news site notes.
Source: The Root | BREANNA EDWARDS