Darryl Howard’s Conviction Reversed, Release Imminent
Six weeks after Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson reversed Darryl Howard’s convictions for the 1991 murder of a mother and her daughter based on new DNA evidence and prosecutorial misconduct, Hudson said at a recent bail hearing that he plans to free Darryl on unsecured bond. In May, Hudson found that prosecutor Mike Nifong, who was disbarred and held in contempt for his actions in the Duke Lacrosse case, violated Darryl’s constitutional rights by failing to turn over the exculpatory evidence and soliciting false and misleading testimony from the lead detective in the case.
The State has appealed the order reversing Darryl’s convictions. In spite of the circuit court’s ruling that Darryl should be released during the appeal, the state has sought an extraordinary stay in the North Carolina Supreme Court, which would keep Darryl in prison if granted. That request is pending.
Darryl Howard’s wife, Nannie Howard, hugs Innocence Project Co-Director Barry Scheck. Photos: Sameer Abdel-Khalek
Read more about the case. http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/Based_on_New_DNA_and_Previously_Undisclosed_Evidence_North_Carolina_Court_Reverses_Conviction_of_Man_Who_Has_Served_Nearly_20_Years.php?utm_source=Main+IP+Email+List&utm_campaign=22a71b5b90-2014_July_Newsletter7_31_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_016cb74fd6-22a71b5b90-350345817#