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Monday, 21 October, 2002, 22:14 GMT 23:14 UK
NYC jogger rape case re-examined
Central Park
The attack was one of New York's most infamous crimes

Lawyers for five black men jailed 13 years ago in one of New York's most notorious and racially-charged crimes, the rape of a jogger in Central Park, have appeared in court to try to get the convictions overturned.

Police car near the scene where the woman was attacked
The five men involved are now looking to clear their names
They say the men should be cleared because new information has surfaced which proves their innocence.

The attack made headlines around the world at the time.

A young white female jogger had been left for dead in the park, so badly raped and beaten that she remained in a coma for several weeks.

Dozens of youths had roamed the park that night, accosting cyclists and runners in random acts of violence.

Five black and Hispanic youths were arrested and confessed to the crimes.

DNA evidence

But now a convicted rapist, Matias Reyes, has told investigators that he alone raped the jogger.

His claim is backed up by DNA evidence linking him to the crime.

The five men have all served their prison sentences and are now seeking to clear their names, saying their confessions were coerced by police.

But 13 years on, this is still a highly-charged case.

Dozens of campaigners protested outside the court, demanding the men's convictions be immediately overturned.

But at the packed hearing, the judge agreed to give prosecutors more time to complete their new investigation.

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