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September 3, 2014

Judge overturns convictions of North Carolina men in child's 1983 rape, murder

Despite a judge’s order declaring them innocent and freeing them after almost 31 years, prison officials insisted that Henry McCollum and Leon Brown remain in their custody Tuesday for one final night behind bars.

LUMBERTON — Despite a judge’s order declaring them innocent and freeing them after almost 31 years, prison officials insisted that Henry McCollum and Leon Brown remain in their custody Tuesday for one final night behind bars.

The packed courtroom erupted in applause and tears after Superior Court Judge Doug Sasser ordered them freed.

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