LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) - Family members of two half brothers cried when the men entered the packed Robeson County court room hoping that their three decades-long imprisonment may soon come to an end.
Fifty-year-old Henry McCollum and 46-year-old Leon Brown have spent 30 years in prison for the killing and rape of an 11-year-old North Carolina girl. Lawyers for the Center for Death Penalty Litigation want the men set free based on new DNA evidence.
Lawyers for the men say a man serving a life sentence for a similar rape and slaying that happened less than a month later is the real killer of Sabrina Buie in 1983.
District Attorney Johnson Britt has acknowledged that the new DNA evidence is consistent with this other man. He said evidence from the original trial is being re-tested.
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