Innocence panel rules in favor of Willie Womble, who has been imprisoned for decades

ABC11 Eyewitness NewsJune 3, 2014 

Willie Womble, who was sentenced to 80 years in prison for the alleged murder of Granville County convenience store clerk Roy Bullock in 1975, told the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission Tuesday that a Durham Police Department detective beat a confession out of him in 1976.

After hearing the testimony, the commission ruled there are facts to suggest Womble's innocence. The case will move to a special three judge panel, which could dismiss the charges and set him free.


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