Joseph Sledge arrives at the Dempsey B. Herring Court House Annex in Whiteville, N.C., Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, as a three-judge panel convenes to take up Sledge's claim of innocence.  Sledge, 70, has been proclaiming his innocence for more than three decades for a 1976 double murder.
Joseph Sledge arrives at the Dempsey B. Herring Court House Annex in Whiteville, N.C., Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, as a three-judge panel convenes to take up Sledge's claim of innocence. Sledge, 70, has been proclaiming his innocence for more than three decades for a 1976 double murder. ehyman@newsobserver.com
Joseph Sledge arrives at the Dempsey B. Herring Court House Annex in Whiteville, N.C., Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, as a three-judge panel convenes to take up Sledge's claim of innocence. Sledge, 70, has been proclaiming his innocence for more than three decades for a 1976 double murder. ehyman@newsobserver.com

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