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DA fights exoneration bid in NY tourist slaying of Utahn Brian Watkins

Published May 31, 2014 8:15 pm

Crime • Provo resident Brian Watkins was killed defending mother from a subway mugging in 1990.
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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.

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.