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WILSON, NC (AP) — The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP is speaking out in support of a man who says he’s wrongly imprisoned for killing a man at his home in Georgia.

The president of North Carolina’s NAACP, the Rev. William Barber, will hold a news conference Friday outside the courthouse in Wilson in support of John McNeil, who went to high school there. His wife, Anita, lives in Wilson and will attend the news conference.

McNeil is serving a life sentence. He has said he had little choice but to open fire when Brian Epp charged at him with a knife during a December 2005 shouting match. The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld McNeil’s murder conviction.

The NAACP says an attorney has argued before an appellate judge that McNeil had inadequate counsel.

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