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Retired NYC detective defends record in case

Published: Sunday, March 31, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

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.

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