Anthony Dipippo, whose two previous convictions in the 1994 rape and murder of Carmel's Josette Wright were overturned, said he was "in shock" after a jury acquitted him Tuesday following a third trial in Putnam County Court, according to lohud.com.
Josette's mother, Susan Wright, gasped when the verdict was read Tuesday, and later said that she'll just have to be satisfied with the 20 years DiPippo has already served. Prosecutors said they were also disappointed with the verdict, lohud.com says.
DiPippo and his lawyer credited their ability to introduce the possiblity that the crime was committed by Howard Gombert, who is serving time in Connecticut for sexual assault, for casting doubt on the prosecution's case. DiPippo supporter Jeffrey Deskovic said he will work now to exonerate Andrew Krivak, who is serving a 25 years to life sentence in the case, lohud.com reports.
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