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NC innocence panel reconvenes for murder case

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By MARTHA WAGGONER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The country's only state agency dedicated to investigating claims of innocence is holding a second day of hearings in the cases of two men convicted in a Buncombe County murder.

The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission is scheduled to meet Friday to hear more evidence in the cases involving Kenneth Kagonyera and Robert Wilcoxsin, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Walter Bowman, who was killed in September 2000.

The commission began the hearing Thursday, listening to testimony from Kagonyera's attorney and videotaped depositions from Kagonyera and Wilcoxsin, among other evidence.

This is the fourth case the commission has heard since it was created five years ago. Last year, a three-judge panel found Greg Taylor innocent of murder after the commission recommended his case for review.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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