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Thirteen years later Reyes returns to the scene of the crime This timehe is in handcuffs after a six-hour drive from the cell in a stateprison near the Canadian border where hes serving 3313 to life afterpleading guilty in 1991 to four rapes and the murder of a pregnantwoman For this visit to the 102nd Street transverse on a spring day in2002 Reyes is accompanied by investigators from the Manhattan districtattorneys office They want to test the claim that Reyes waited untilthis year to make that on the night of April 19 1989 he and he aloneattacked the woman who became known around the world as the Central ParkjoggerHis first appearance at this spot triggered events that nearly consumedthe city Now the return of Matias Reyes is roiling dozens of lives allover againFive teenagers were convicted of the attack on the Central Park joggerin two stormy trials All pleaded not guilty and claimed that theirvideotaped confessions were concocted by the cops Antron McCray KevinRichardson Raymond Santana Yusef Salaam and Kharey Wise servedsentences ranging from five to thirteen years Wise got out of prisonAugust 12 -- just months after the only DNA collected at the crimescene which was never tied to any of the accused was matched to ReyesIn August lawyers for the five petitioned to have the convictionsdismissed saying that new evidence -- Reyess confession and his DNA --had surfaced that could have substantially altered the originalverdicts The DAs office has been reinvestigating the Central Parkcase for nine months -- but on October 21 Robert Morgenthaus officewill be back in State Supreme Court asking for a 30-day extension Reyeshas now been linked to eight rapes in a seven-month period includingone in Central Park on April 17 two days before the infamous joggerattackNo matter what Judge Charles Tejada ultimately decides the case hasalready had multiple dramatic consequences most tragically for thejogger who nearly died After years of rehabilitation she stillsuffers from impaired vision and sketchy balance
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