WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Selwyn Days, the man who stood charged in connection to a pair of murders more than two decades ago in Eastchester has been found not guilty in his fifth trial, releasing him following 16 years of incarceration.
The 47-year-old Days, of Mount Vernon, was charged with murder in the deaths of Eastchester millionaire Archie Harris and his aide, Betty Ramcharan at their mansion in 1996. Previous trials have ended with mistrials, including a conviction that was later overturned. He has spent more than 15 years in jail for the charges.
Following two days of deliberation, a jury cleared Days’ name and determined that he was not guilty of the murders on Tuesday.
Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. said In a statement, “Though we are disappointed in today’s verdict, we respect the decision of the jury in this case.”
Days was arrested in 2001 for the double murder, and subsequently sentenced to a pair of 25-years-to-life prison terms. The first hung jury came in 2003, and he was sentenced to 50-years in prison the following year when the conviction was upheld by an appellate court.
On Sept. 2, 2015, the guilty verdict from his fourth trial was thrown out by a state appeals court, which led to the upcoming fifth trial. The conviction was dropped after Days appealed that he wasn’t allowed to introduce certain expert testimony in his 2011 trial.
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