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(Brian Watkins, pictured alongside his brother was murdered in a NYC subway 15 years ago, a death that sparked a major crackdown on crime in the Big Apple. Photo by Francisco Kjolseth/ The Salt Lake Tribune) 12/23/2005
DA fights exoneration bid in NY tourist slaying of Utahn Brian Watkins
Crime » Provo resident Brian Watkins was killed defending mother from a subway mugging in 1990.
First Published May 31 2014 09:59 am • Last Updated May 31 2014 09:24 pm

New York • Prosecutors are opposing a prisoner’s bid to be cleared in a notorious 1990 killing of a Utah tourist in New York City.

Manhattan Assistant District Attorney William Darrow told a judge Friday that prosecutors have concluded "there’s no credible newly discovered evidence" in Johnny Hincapie’s case.

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Hincapie says there is such evidence. A sworn statement from an exonerated co-defendant says Hincapie played no part in attacking Brian Watkins.

Prosecutors say in court papers that the co-defendant’s account is "fiction."

Hincapie lawyer Ron Kuby is seeking a hearing on the issue. A judge is considering the request.

Watkins was killed defending his mother from a subway-platform mugging while the family was visiting from Provo. The attack was seen as an example of random violence in a city then rife with crime.

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