Mumma [McCrory's lawyer] said she was repeatedly told by the Laurinburg Police Department that the evidence for McInnis' case had been destroyed. But Mumma kept pushing the prosecutors and police to look in the evidence inventory. [In] 2014, the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, a state agency that investigates and evaluates post-conviction claims of innocence, took on McInnis' case. The agency [found] evidence that was said to be destroyed in at least 23 cases, [After] the agency took on the case, [police] conducted a thorough search of the evidence room and found DNA samples from McInnis' case, Mumma said. [The] DNA samples were tested and showed that McInnis was not responsible for the crimes. [In] August, the District Attorney's Office for Hoke and Scotland counties filed a Motion for Appropriate Relief based on the newly discovered evidence. On Aug. 11, Superior Court Judge Tanya Wallace ordered McInnis' immediate release,McCrory met with McInnis at the Executive Mansion and apologized on behalf of the State. See full story here.
Friday, May 20, 2016
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