RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina officials are holding a hearing on compensation for two brothers wrongfully imprisoned for three decades in the killing of an 11-year-old girl.
The North Carolina Industrial Commission will hear from a lawyer for Henry McCollum and Leon Brown on Wednesday, and the attorney general's office may also speak.
The two were pardoned in June, qualifying each man to collect $750,000 from the state. The hearing is one of several steps that are largely considered formalities before the money can be paid.
An attorney for the men says McCollum plans to attend the hearing along with his sister. However, Brown has been hospitalized for mental health issues exacerbated by his time in prison.
McCollum had been the longest-serving inmate on North Carolina's death row before the pair was released last year.