Joseph Sledge hugs Christine Mumma, director of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, on Friday after his release from jail in Whiteville. To the right is his sister Barbara Kinlaw and to the left is his nephew Maurice Sledge. Three judges agreed to exonerate Sledge in a 1976 double murder after a special session of superior court. Sledge, 70, has been proclaiming his innocence for more than three decades.
Joseph Sledge hugs Christine Mumma, director of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, on Friday after his release from jail in Whiteville. To the right is his sister Barbara Kinlaw and to the left is his nephew Maurice Sledge. Three judges agreed to exonerate Sledge in a 1976 double murder after a special session of superior court. Sledge, 70, has been proclaiming his innocence for more than three decades. ehyman@newsobserver.com
Joseph Sledge hugs Christine Mumma, director of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, on Friday after his release from jail in Whiteville. To the right is his sister Barbara Kinlaw and to the left is his nephew Maurice Sledge. Three judges agreed to exonerate Sledge in a 1976 double murder after a special session of superior court. Sledge, 70, has been proclaiming his innocence for more than three decades. ehyman@newsobserver.com

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