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DNA Evidence Exonerates Margulis-Ohnuma Client Tony Yarbough

Tony Yarbough is waiting to be freed.  DNA evidence revealed in Brooklyn Supreme Court last week shows that an unknown third person murdered Antonio Yarbough’s family, as reported in the New York Daily News today. The evidence comes in the form of a “hit report” issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York.  The report matches DNA found on Annie Yarbough’s fingernails at the murder scene in 1992 to DNA found in the vagina of a rape-and-murder victim in 1999 — a time when Tony and his co-defendant were incarcerated. As we said in court last Friday, it is our position that combined with all the other facts and circumstances of the case — the only witness’s recantation, the crime-scene evidence showing the murders took place while Tony and his co-defendant were in Manhattan, and the lack of any conceivable motive or physical evidence tying Tony to the crime — the DNA evidence conclusively shows that Tony was wrongly convicted. We are just waiting for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office to complete its review and hoping that Tony will be able to go home soon. Tony and his co-defendant, Sharrif Wilson, are expected to be in court on October 7, 2013. We will update the Free Tony Yarbough page soon with more information.

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