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Priest says wrong men jailed for 1987 killing

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NEW YORK (AP) — A priest testified that the wrong men were jailed in a 1987 gang murder, saying one of the real killers confided in him 12 1/2 years ago.

In an unusual court appearance by a priest, the Rev. Joseph Towle testified Monday that Jesus Fornes told him he helped beat and stab Jose Rivera to death in a Bronx park. He said Fornes, who has since died, told him in early 1989 that the two men convicted in the case, Ruben Montalvo and Jose Morales, didn't take part.

Towle was testifying before U.S. District Judge Denny Chin at an appeal hearing for Morales. Prosecutors argued the conviction should stand. Chin did not immediately issue a ruling.