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Man exonerated after 23 years in prison dies at 55, 1 year after getting out, as suit begins

• USA Today

A New York City man freed last year after serving 23 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit has died just before his $124 million federal lawsuit against the city was due to start.

William Lopez died suddenly from a massive asthma attack over the weekend, the New York Post reported.

The 55-year-old Bronx man was freed in January 2013 after federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis called the case "rotten from Day 1" and threw out the conviction.

The case dated back to 1989 when, prosecutors said, two men shot a drug dealer with a double-barreled shotgun. Although no murder weapon or forensic evidence was found, two witnesses, one of whom later recanted, placed Lopez at the scene.

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