THE BRONX - A Bronx man who has maintained his innocence since being accused in a 2012 murder achieved vindication Wednesday when a judge ordered his ankle bracelet removed.
Enger Javier spent two years imprisoned at Rikers Island and another 17 months wearing an ankle bracelet in connection with the stabbing death of Hansell Arias near a McDonald's in Claremont.
But newly surfaced surveillance video of the attack shows Javier at the scene of the crime but apparently not involved.
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News 12 previously reported that after seeing the new evidence, even Arias' family called for the charges to be dropped against Javier, and the district attorney agreed earlier this week.
At Enger's court appearance Wednesday, his 28th in connection with Arias' death, a judge ordered him free of the ankle monitor.
Javier's lawyers also announced a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the city, the NYPD and the Bronx District Attorney's Office for alleged false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.