Trials and Arbitration

Puerto Rico frees 3 men convicted of murder in 1995

Three men who spent more than 20 years in prison for murder were freed Tuesday in a historic ruling after new tests found none of their DNA on evidence in a case that captivated the U.S. territory.

Nelson Ortiz, Jose Caro and Nelson Ruiz hugged loved ones tightly after prosecutors requested that charges be dropped due to a lack of evidence. The men had repeatedly sought a new trial after they were convicted in 1995 in the killing of 21-year-old pharmacy student Glorimar Perez.

On Tuesday, Judge Jose Emilio Gonzalez asked that the men approach the podium in front of a packed courtroom.

"You are finally free to go and give life the best of you," he...

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