​David Ranta Has Serious Heart Attack

Staff Reporter
Aug. 5, 2014

David Ranta had a heart attack on his second day of freedom. A judge threw out his conviction in the 1990 murder of a rabbi and he had told reporters his freedom was emotionally overwhelming.

Ranta’s lawyer confirmed that the heart attack was serious and he is now being treated at a New York hospital.

Ranta, 58, walked out of jail Thursday after a judge threw out his conviction in the 1990 killing of a Brooklyn rabbi.

Brooklyn prosecutors had recently concluded Ranta’s prosecution in the death of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger was fatally flawed.

Werzberger was killed by a thief fleeing a botched robbery. One witness said a police lineup that helped convict Ranta had been rigged.

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