Jailed 23 years, NY man is freed, has heart attack

David Ranta, who was convicted of murder in the 1990 cold-blooded slaying of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger in Brooklyn and has languished behind bars ever since, is hugged by family members after his was freed, in New York state Supreme Court in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Pool,AP Photo/Richard Drew

NEW YORK A New York City man whose murder conviction was overturned after 23 years in prison has suffered a heart attack on his second day of freedom.

David Ranta's lawyer tells The New York Times the former inmate had a serious heart attack Friday night and is being treated at a New York hospital.

Ranta walked out of jail Thursday after a judge threw out his conviction in the 1990 killing of a Brooklyn rabbi.

Brooklyn prosecutors had recently concluded Ranta's prosecution in the death of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger was fatally flawed.

Werzberger was killed by a bandit fleeing a botched robbery. One witness said a police lineup that helped convict Ranta had been rigged.

Ranta is 58. He told reporters Thursday that his new freedom was emotionally overwhelming.

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