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Manhattan, NY - Perp Claims Cops Made Him Confess, in Slaying of Orthodox Jewish Man

Published on: February 1, 2008 07:21 AM
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Manhattan, NY - A hulking ex-con on trial for the murder of an 81-year-old Orthodox Jewish man in his Washington Heights apartment building testified that cops bullied him into falsely confessing.

William Hill, 26, told a Manhattan jury he did not kill frail Jacob Gerstle and said he confessed only after cops "roughed me up" and promised to let him go.

"They promised me my freedom," Hill said when asked by prosecutor Alfred Peterson why he confessed in a written statement and on videotape to a brutal murder he did not commit.

 

"Who in their right mind would confess to a murder, even if they committed it?" Hill asked.

The defendant insisted his statements were detailed - down to the color of his victim's suit - because detectives "drilled" the confession into him.

 

The hulking, 6-foot-7 Hill faces murder and robbery charges for the May 2, 2006, beating death of the 5-foot-3 Gerstle. Hill is charged with stealing Gerstle's cell phone and $250 in cash. The father of four died three days after the attack.[nydailynews]


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 Feb 01, 2008 at 11:26 AM Anonymous Says:

THIS GUY IS FULL OF BS
AT THAT SIZE HARD TO BE BULLIED SEEMS THIS GUY WAS A PERP FROM DAY ONE AND KNOWS HOW TO MANIPULATE THE SYSTEM
THE PD WOULD NEVER COERCE A CONFESSION AS THEY KNOW IT COULD BACKFIRE ON THEM

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 Feb 01, 2008 at 07:28 AM Source #2 Says:

"I decided I was going to go out and catch a jukes," street slang for robbing someone, defendant William Hill told cops on videotape following the May 2, 2006 attack on Jacob Gerstle.

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