2 men have 1993 convictions overturned

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Posted: Sep 18, 2014 8:43 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — A state appeals court has overturned the guilty verdicts of two men convicted in 1993 of kidnapping a 16-year-old Brooklyn girl.

The panel ruled Wednesday that authorities withheld information that might have cleared Everton Wagstaffe and Reginald Connor of the charges. It also dismissed the indictments against them.

Both men have always maintained their innocence.

The bludgeoned body of Jennifer Negron was found on a Brooklyn street on Jan. 1, 1992. A judge dismissed the murder charges due to lack of evidence.

The appeals court ruled that prosecutors buried documents that might have shown police and the prime witness had lied.

The Brooklyn district attorney's office said it was reviewing the decision.