Man Freed After 1994 Conviction in Shooting Tossed


A man who spent 24 years in prison was freed on Friday after his conviction was overturned.

Shawn Williams, 41, walked free after prosecutors in Brooklyn joined a defense motion asking the judge set aside Williams’ conviction.

It was the 14th overturned conviction linked to retired Detective Louis Scarcella.

Williams was convicted in 1994 in the fatal shooting of his neighbor Marvin Mason. The sole eyewitness recanted her testimony in 2013. She said she had been coerced into naming Williams as the gunman by Scarcella.

Williams said Friday that he was framed for the murder of his childhood friend. Scarcella said he is innocent.

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