Lawyer: Ronnie Long, convicted of 1976 rape, will be freed


CONCORD, NC (AP) — The attorney for a North Carolina man who has spent 44 years in prison for a rape he says he didn’t commit will be freed.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Ronnie Long’s attorney shared the news via Twitter on Wednesday.

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Attorney Jamie Lau wrote that the state will ask a district court to enter a writ vacating Ronnie’s conviction.

Long was a 20-year-old Black man living in Concord when he was accused of raping a white woman.

Earlier this week, a federal appeals court had granted a new hearing for Long.

A judge had criticized North Carolina for defending Long’s conviction despite the possibility that investigators withheld evidence.