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WHITEVILLE, NC (WRAL.COM) — Attorneys with the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence say a man lied when he offered incriminating testimony at Joseph Sledge's 1978 murder trial, according to a motion filed Tuesday in Columbus County.

Sledge, 68, who has spent the last 34 years in prison for the murders of two women in Bladen County, has always maintained his innocence. 

Now, the Durham-based innocence group is working to free him. Director Christine Mumma, Sledge's attorney, asked the judge to overturn his conviction, release him and dismiss all charges related to the deaths of Josephine and Ailene Davis 

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