Sheen Fighting For Convicted Murderer

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December 5, 2011 | 9:00pm EST

Actor and activist Martin Sheen has thrown his support behind a convicted New York murderer fighting for his freedom.
The former West Wing star met with Jon-Adrian Velazquez on Monday morning, shortly before staging a press conference to plead with officials to take another look at his case.

Velazquez was imprisoned in 1999 after being convicted of killing a retired police officer. He has always maintained his innocence and Sheen believes him.

The actor says, “The case cries out for justice.”

Velazquez appears to have a good case for appeal – his lawyers claim two key eyewitnesses have since recanted their identifications of him.

His defense team has asked the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to re-investigate the murder.