North Carolina brothers declared innocent, freed after 30 years in prison
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - 01:04
Henry McCollum, North Carolina's longest serving death row inmate, is freed from prison after DNA tests link the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl to another man. McCollum's half-brother was also exonerated. Linda So reports.
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Henry McCollum's parents have waited 30 years for this day. Their son, finally a free man after spending more than three decades in prison for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in North Carolina. Recent DNA tests linked the crime to another man, exonerating McCollum and his half brother Leon Brown. At a court hearing on Tuesday, a judge ordered the brothers to be freed. SOUNDBITE: HENRY MCCOLLUM, FREED FROM PRISON, SAYING: "I feel wonderful. I want to thank God. I give all praise and honor and glory to him." McCollum and his brother were just teenagers when they were sent to prison. Both had signed a detailed confession written by police but later claimed they were coerced to do so. Court records show both men are intellectually disabled. SOUNDBITE: HENRY MCCOLLUM, FREED FROM PRISON, SAYING: "Ain't no anger in my heart. I forgive those people and stuff. I don't like what they done to me and my brother. They took 30 years away from us for no reason, but I don't hate them." McCollum who is now 50 is North Carolina's longest serving death row inmate. As he got into his father's car to go home, he had to be shown how to buckle the seat belt. Brown is also due to be released on Wednesday.
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