North Carolina's governor has pardoned a man who spent three decades on death row and his half brother, saying they were wrongfully convicted in the rape and killing of an 11-year-old girl in 1983.
Governor Pat McCrory granted unconditional pardons to two men who completed their sentences for offenses committed more than 35 years ago and have since become outstanding citizens.
This weekend, hundreds of people filled the United Church of Christ, a historic location for Wilmington 10 members. The surviving members, families of deceased members of the Wilmington 10, along with supporters across the state celebrated a victory over what they say was a racially charged and wrongful conviction.
An ecumenical service this weekend will celebrate the pardoning of the Wilmington 10. The service is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Gregory Congregational Church on Nun Street in Wilmington.
Gov. Bev Perdue spoke publicly today for the first time since granting pardons of innocence for the Wilmington 10 Monday.
During a visit to a school in Orange County, Perdue said she is "proud of the decision, and I stand by it."
Outgoing North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue has issued pardons to the Wilmington 10, a group wrongly convicted in a notorious Civil Rights-era prosecution.
Members of the Wilmington 10 made a special delivery this morning to Gov. Bev Perdue's office.
The group along with their supporters delivered 130,000 petition signatures to the state capitol today.
The surviving members of the Wilmington 10 are making one final push for pardons before Gov. Bev Perdue leaves office next week.
Wilmington 10 members are hoping that a petition with thousands of signatures will help Gov. Bev Perdue grant them pardons. But the group also has something else up their sleeves.
Wilmington 10 member Willie Earl Vereen and a group of supporters, including many from Wilmington, will deliver more than 14,000 petition signatures requesting pardons of innocence for the Wilmington 10, to the governor's office in Raleigh today.