New DNA evidence could free two men convicted of notorious NC murder

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Henry McCollum and Leon Brown

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. — New DNA evidence could free two men convicted of a notorious North Carolina murder, according to the News and Observer.

Henry McCollum and Leon Brown have been in prison for 30 years after being convicted as teenagers in the 1983 death of 11-year-old Sabrina Buie.

McCollum is on death row in Raleigh’s Central Prison and Brown is serving a life sentence in Pitt County.

New DNA evidence taken from a cigarette butt found near the victim’s body reportedly belongs to Roscoe Artis, a 74-year-old man currently serving a life sentence for a different murder.

A motion has been filed to dismiss the convictions and immediately release McCollum and Brown from prison.

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