"Buie hearing set for Tuesday; Judge will make call on new trial or freedom," is by Sarah Willets in today's Robesonian.
District Attorney Johnson Britt is prepared to turn over to a judge the fate of two men who have been in prison for 30 years in connection with the rape and murder of an 11-year old, saying new DNA evidence is favorable to their case.
Britt today filed his response to motions for relief brought by attorneys representing 50-year-old Henry McCollum and his half-brother, 46-year-old Leon Brown. McCollum is currently on death row for the rape and murder of Sabrina Buie. Brown was originally charged with both crimes, but in a retrial, the murder charge was dropped. He is now serving a life sentence.
Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser, who is from Columbus County, is charged with the task of determining during an evidentiary hearing in Robeson County Superior Court whether the men will be given new trials or released from prison. Britt said the hearing, which begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday, could take days.
Earlier coverage of the North Carolina case begins at the link.