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Judge tosses conviction in infamous ’90 NYC tourist killing

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NEW YORK — A judge has thrown out the conviction of a man who has spent a quarter-century behind bars in a notorious New York City tourist killing and agreed to release him while awaiting a new trial.

The case helped crystallize an era of crime and fear in the nation's biggest city.

A Manhattan judge overturned Johnny Hincapie's conviction Tuesday after a monthslong hearing on the 1990 death of Brian Watkins, of Provo, Utah.

Watkins was killed defending his parents from a subway-platform mugging while the family was visiting for the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

An exonerated co-defendant and a witness who came forward in the last two years said Hincapie played no part in the attack. He said his confession was coerced.

Prosecutors said there was "no credible newly discovered evidence."