A Harlem man who has spent the past 19 years in prison hopes to prove he was wrongfully convicted when the star witness against him testifies Monday that she was coerced into identifying him as the gunman.
Robert Jones, 45, was convicted for the 1994 murder of street preacher Antoine Stone in Far Rockaway, Queens, but always maintained his innocence. A judge ordered a hearing to reevaluate the evidence.
“He is very hopeful and faithful that these chains are going to be broken and he’ll be free,” said the defendant’s sister Gertrude Jones.
A woman who fingered Jones as the shooter at his trial nearly two decades ago is expected to testify Monday she was instructed to pick him in a lineup and, later, to say he did it from the witness stand.
“I told them, ‘I never seen this guy,’ ” the woman said in an affidavit.
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