Martin Tankleff's Case is Dropped By District Attorney

Last week we posted to our blog about Martin Tankleff who was accused of killing his parents in 1988. He was released on a $1,000,000.00 bail bond and reported to court this morning only to find out that the Suffolk County District Attorney will officially drop the new indictment charging him with the murder of his parents on January 18, 2008.

Martin Tankleff was convicted in 1990 for the murders and spent over 17 years in prison. An appeals court overturned the verdict several weeks ago because of new evidence uncovered by private investigators.

Thomas Spota, Suffolk County’s district attorney, said the double jeopardy laws prevent him from retrying Martin Tankleff, but will ask Governor Eliot Spitzer to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Jerry Steureman, the business partner of Seymour Tankleff at the time of the murders.

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