Retired NYC detective defends record in case
NEW YORK – The release of a one-time murder convict from prison has put a spotlight on the New York City detective who arrested him in 1990.
David Ranta was freed earlier this month after a review of his case found flaws in the evidence against him.
One witness came forward to say Detective Louis Scarcella coached him to pick Ranta out of a police lineup.
Scarcella tells The Associated Press the allegation is absolutely false.
He says he stands by his work on the case.
The 61-year-old retired detective says Ranta confessed to him that he was at the scene of the fatal shooting of a prominent rabbi.