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North Carolina governor grants pardon to man who spent 22 years in prison for killings he didn't commit

May 1, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday pardoned a man who was wrongly convicted of second-degree murder and first-degree arson in 1995, a news release from the governor's office said.

(CNN)North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday pardoned a man who was wrongly convicted of second-degree murder and first-degree arson in 1995, a news release from the governor's office said.

Amelia Green, an attorney for Howard, said: "We are pleased to have the State acknowledge what has been clear all along -- Darryl Howard never should have spent a moment in prison for these horrifying crimes, let alone over 22 years.

In 2009, attorneys filed a motion on Howard's behalf requesting the victims' rape kits be DNA tested, the pardon said.

According to media reports, Howard's attorneys argued that the DNA found in the kit of one of the victims implicated another man.

In 2016 a judge in North Carolina ruled the new DNA evidence showed that Howard was innocent.

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