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