A TRINIDADIAN who spent two years in prison in the United States awaiting trial for a murder in 2017, walked out of a New York courthouse on Tuesday a free man after prosecutors decided to discontinue the case.

It was a time of elation for 34-year-old Virgil Mitchell, who was charged with the murder of Atiba Ramsey, 34, who was shot dead on the evening of June 25, 2017, near an annual Caribbean music festival known as Moksha.

A second man, Kenda Verwayne, 36, was also wounded in the shooting, the New York Daily News reported.

After being freed of the capital charge, Mitchell was quoted as saying he suffered “some psychological damage” but he vowed “not to let it defeat me”.

“Man, I don’t wish that on nobody,” he added about his time in the notorious jail complex while his case was pending.