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Bronx DA to Vacate Murder Conviction 20 Years Later

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    Richard Rosario's wife Minerva, son Richard Jr. and daughter Amanda.

    Richard Rosario has spent two decades behind bars, insisting for every one of those years that 13 alibi witnesses could prove he was innocent of a 1996 New York City murder, NBC News reported.

    On Tuesday, the Bronx District Attorney's Office told NBC News it intends to ask a judge to throw out Rosario's conviction.

    In a statement, a spokeswoman for Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark confirmed that the DA will move to vacate the conviction and ask that Rosario be released from prison "after a review by her office determined that he did not receive a fair trial."

    But, the statement added, "The charges against Mr. Rosario remain open pending further investigation."

    The news comes just two days before the launch of "Conviction," a streaming documentary series produced by Dateline NBC that is set to be released on NBCNews.com on Thursday. It documents a producer's two-year investigation into the long and twisted history of Rosario's case.