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Judge rules men locked up for 1996 double murder were wrongfully convicted

The Queens District Attorney’s Office and defense lawyers for Rohan Bolt, 59, George Bell, 44, and Gary Johnson 46, had filed a joint motion to overturn the men’s convictions. Photo credit: GoFundMe

Three men who spent the past 24 years behind bars for the double slaying of an off-duty NYPD cop and Queens businessman were ordered freed from prison Friday — after a judge ruled they were wrongfully convicted.

The Queens District Attorney’s Office and defense lawyers for Rohan Bolt, 59, George Bell, 44, and Gary Johnson 46, had filed a joint motion to overturn the men’s convictions after concluding that previous prosecutors brazenly withheld evidence implicating another suspect.

“For the past two decades and a half, I rose each day to view the cell bars … and would say to myself, ‘Today is the day I will find the key, today is the day I am going home,’” said Bell, who appeared virtually from upstate New York’s Green Haven Correctional Facility, alongside Bolt and Johnson, shortly before their murder convictions were vacated Friday. “I never gave up on my dream. Read more –>