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Shooting suspect released after victim says he didn't do it

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A man charged in a 2014 shooting has been released after the victim told police the suspect did not shoot him.

Police took 28-year-old Tyvonne Gooden into custody in November after a witness identified him as the man who shot Eric Smith in Hartford on June 4, 2014. The Hartford Courant reports Smith, who is serving a federal sentence in New Hampshire, later told investigators he was positive that Gooden was not the shooter.

Prosecutor Chris Pelosi says Smith was adamant that Gooden wasn't even armed at the time of the shooting. Gooden's lawyer argued Thursday that his client should be released in light of the new testimony.

Gooden was ordered released on $100,000 non-surety bail. He is due back in court April 23.


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