2 NC men will make case for innocence in 1993 murder

By MARTHA WAGGONER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Two men serving sentences for the 1993 murder of a drug dealer in eastern North Carolina will get the chance to prove they didn’t commit the crime after the state commission that investigates innocence claims referred their cases for further review.

The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission said in a news release Monday that the eight-member state agency had referred the cases of Wallace Brandon Jones and LeRoy Spruill to a three-judge panel. Jones was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1993 slaying of Frank Swain of Roper in Washington County, and Spruill pleaded no contest to second-degree murder.

Someone beat Swain with a tire iron, stabbed him 14 times and then cut his throat.

The state Supreme Court chief justice will appoint three judges to hear the case.

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10/15/2018 5:05:46 PM (GMT -4:00)

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