Leaky Case Against Ex-FBI Agent Collapses

Charges of aiding Mob hits dropped after witness changes tune
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2007 5:23 PM CDT
Former FBI agent Lindley DeVecchio exits Brooklyn State Supreme Court with his wife Carolyn, Thursday, Nov.1, 2007, in New York. A judge dropped murder charges against an ex-FBI agent accused of feeding...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Retired FBI supervisor Roy Lindley DeVecchio left a Brooklyn court today exonerated of helping with Mafia murders after prosecutors dropped all charges in light of new evidence discrediting their main witness. Linda Schiro, a mobster's mistress, could face perjury charges, the New York Times reports, after her testimony in court contradicted statements she made to a Village Voice writer.

“Had we been provided with these tapes much earlier in the process, I dare say we would not have been here,” one prosecutor said. The case's implosion is seen as a blow to Brooklyn district attorney Charles Hynes, who brought charges relating to four murders in the 1980s and '90s against DeVecchio even though he had been cleared by federal investigators.