Inmate Freed After 16 Years In Prison Dies Awaiting New Appeal

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut man whose murder conviction was overturned but later reinstated has died of colon cancer while awaiting a new appeal trial.

The lawyer for Ronald Taylor issued a statement Wednesday saying Taylor died Tuesday in Cheshire after a two-year fight with cancer.

Taylor and co-defendant George Gould were convicted in the 1993 murder of New Haven grocery shop owner Eugenio Deleon Vega and sentenced to 80 years in prison. Both were freed in April 2010 after 16 years behind bars when a state judge ruled they were victims of “manifest injustice” and declared them “actually innocent,” after a key witness recanted her trial testimony.

In July of this year, the state Supreme Court reinstated the murder convictions against both men, saying the judge was wrong to overturn them.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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