This is, sadly, all too typical. False eyewitness identification, bogus lineup, jailhouse snitch, police tunnel vision.
Read the full CNN story here. Below are some excerpts:
Since Ranta’s trial, another man’s widow has identified her now-dead husband as the killer; a onetime jail inmate has said he made up statements about Ranta to boost his own fortunes; and the man who, as a boy, picked him out of a lineup has come forward to say he was coached by a detective.
Menachem Lieberman was 13 years old when he identified Ranta in a lineup. In 2011, he told investigators that he identified Ranta after being told by a detective to “Pick the guy with the big nose.”
Ranta’s attorney: “The detective work that was done on this case was at best shoddy and at worst criminal. And I don’t use that word lightly,” he told CNN. “But when a closer examination is done of the detective work … It becomes clear that there were so many leads that weren’t followed, there were so many notes that weren’t taken and just a general lack of attention to an investigation that required nothing but close scrutiny of the scene, of witnesses and so forth. That didn’t happen.”