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Judge tosses 2000 murder conviction

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York judge has thrown out the murder conviction of a man who's already served 13 years in prison.

Judge James Griffin ruled that the Queens district attorney's office withheld information from the defense that would have shown a crucial witness lied on the stand.

The district attorney's office said it planned to appeal.

Griffin said the defendant, Pedros Bedi, was deprived of due process. According to the New York Times, the judge said the information could have changed the outcome of the trial. He ordered a new trial.

Bedi had been convicted of murdering a man in a nightclub in 2000.

He remains in prison on unrelated drug and murder-conspiracy convictions.

The judge noted the defendant's "deplorable criminal history" but said it wasn't relevant in this case.

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