BREAKING NEWS: (9/25). The execution of Billy Irick in Tennessee, scheduled for Oct. 7, has been stayed by the state supreme court to allow more time for appeal regarding lethal injection protocol.
(9/12) The governor of Pennsylvania granted a temporary reprieve to Hubert Michael because the state was unprepared to carry out his execution on Sept. 22.
FORMER DEATH ROW INMATES FREED IN NORTH CAROLINA
On September 2, 2014, Leon Brown (above) and Henry McCollum (below) were exonerated and released from prison in North Carolina.
The two men, who are half brothers, had been convicted of the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl and sentenced to death in 1984. Brown was 15 at the time of the crime and McCollum was 19. Both men have intellectual disabilities and were interrogated under duress until they confessed to the crime. In 2010, Brown turned to the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission for help. The Commission tested DNA evidence from the crime scene, which implicated a man who was convicted of a similar crime. Robeson County Judge Douglas Sasser vacated the men's convictions and said the evidence indicated their innocence. District Attorney Johnson Britt supported their release and said no further charges will be brought against them.
J. Katz, "North Carolina Men Are Released After Convictions Are Overturned," New York Times, September 3, 2014.
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