NC prosecutor weighs reopening infamous 1983 case

LUMBERTON, NC (AP) — A North Carolina prosecutor says the wishes of the victim’s family and the number of pending cases will help him determine whether to pursue charges against another suspect in a notorious 1983 murder case.

A judge’s decision last week to free Henry McCollum from death row and Leon Brown from a life sentence after 30 years hinged largely on Robeson County District Attorney Johnson Britt’s conclusion that new DNA evidence negated the case put forward at their trials for Buie’s slaying.

The new DNA evidence points to another inmate serving life in prison for a similar rape and murder.

Britt said he’s waiting to receive the Innocence Inquiry Commission’s investigative file to review it before deciding whether to re-open the Sabrina Buie case.

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