A Bronx man who served two decades in prison is expected to be cleared Thursday of a crime he didn’t commit — the 1989 murder of his mother.
Huwe Burton was just 16 years old when he was arrested in the death of his mom, Keziah, who had been stabbed in the neck inside her bedroom at their Williamsbridge home.
Detectives at the time painted the Evander Childs High School sophomore as a crack-riddled monster, driven to kill his own mother and make it look as though she’d been raped — because he owed a drug dealer money.
The boy, they claimed, broke down and confessed that he snapped when she refused to give him the $200 that he owed.
Charged as an adult, Burton was sentenced to 15 years to life behind bars for second-degree murder, according to records.
But now, 30 years later, the Bronx DA’s Office says he didn’t do it.
Prosecutors with the DA’s Conviction Integrity Unit will join a motion brought by the Innocence Project to vacate Burton’s conviction and dismiss the charges against him.
The teen’s “confession” was coerced by police, sources said.
Burton, 46, was released on parole in 2009 after serving 20 years.
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