Charges dismissed in Martin Tankleff murder case


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8:31 PM EDT, July 22, 2008
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Martin Tankleff is a free man -- for good.

Seven months after an appellate court threw out his conviction in the murders of his parents two decades ago, a Suffolk judge Tuesday formally dismissed the charges against the Belle Terre man who spent 17 years in prison for a crime he says he did not commit.

"It's 20 years overdue," said Tankleff, 37, speaking about his 1988 murder indictment at his attorney's Garden City law office. "I've said this all along: Had law enforcement done an investigation 20 years ago, I would not have spent 6,338 days in prison."

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