Standing with the support of a cane on the steps of the Suffolk Superior Courthouse in Boston on Monday, Thomas Rosa Jr. beamed with joy as his attorneys proudly announced that a Superior Court judge had overturned his decades-old murder conviction.

At 62, Rosa, who grew up in Chelsea, had spent more than half his life imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, according to Radha Natarajan, his attorney and the executive director of the New England Innocence Project.

His attorneys also called for prosecutors to drop the charges, since the district attorney’s office could choose to move forward with a new trial.


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