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Suffolk County prosecutors will again make a case against Ann Marie Drago

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A judge's gavel

Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney said he will retry the case against the woman who ran over and killed anti-gang activist Evelyn Rodriguez at the site of her daughter’s murder.

"We intend on moving forward with the case," he told Newsday after Ann Marie Drago appeared in court Monday.

An appellate court overturned her 2020 conviction for the death of Rodriguez. The court found that prosecutors made inappropriate statements in their closing arguments.

Rodriguez was the mother of Kayla Cuevas, who was allegedly murdered by MS-13 in 2016. Drago ran over Rodriguez after an argument at a memorial on Drago’s street on the second anniversary of Cuevas’s death.

Drago was released on her own recognizance. She is due back in court on Sept. 28.

Terry Sheridan is an award-winning audio journalist. As part of his duties as Senior Director of News and Education, he developed a unique and award-winning internship program with the Stony Brook University School of Communications and Journalism, where he is also a lecturer and adjunct professor. He also mentors graduate fellows from the Sacred Heart University Graduate School of Communication, Media, and the Arts.