New York Times

July 1, 2008

No Retrial in ’88 Double Killing on Long Island


RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — A criminal investigation that started two decades ago effectively came to an end on Monday, as the state attorney general’s office said it would not retry Martin H. Tankleff for the murder of his parents.

Though Mr. Tankleff has accused others of being the culprits, and the state conceded that “there is some evidence that others may have committed the killings,” it concluded that the evidence was too shaky to prosecute them. Mr. Tankleff’s convictions were overturned in December after he had spent 17 years in prison.

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