Homicide

2 men to ask for pardons after they were freed this week following 30 years in NC prison

Two men are planning to ask for pardons after they were freed this week from prison following the discovery of evidence that they didn't kill a young girl 30 years ago.

Vernetta Alston, an attorney for Henry McCollum, says lawyers representing him and his half brother, Leon Brown, are preparing petitions for a pardon of innocence and plan to file within the next couple of weeks.

Gov. Pat McCrory said in a statement that he was happy their convictions were vacated and that he was prepared to receive their pardon request.

This week, a judge ordered that Brown and McCollum be released, citing new DNA evidence in the 1983 slaying of 11-year-old Sabrina Buie that indicates she was killed by another man.