PUBLISHED:November 01, 2015
The Marshall Project covers case of Wrongful Convictions Clinic client
The Marshall Project, a non-profit news organization that covers the criminal justice system, recently wrote about the case of Lamont McKoy, a client of Duke Law's Wrongful Conviction Clinic.
McKoy is serving a life sentence for the 1990 murder of Myron Hailey in Fayetteville, North Carolina. While state authorities continue to defend McKoy's conviction, federal prosecutors have said another man, convicted drug-trafficker William Correy Talley, committed the crime.
"How certain were federal officials that Talley, not McKoy, murdered Hailey?" wrote The Marshall Project's Andrew Cohen. "They objected to the fact that Talley’s involvement in the Hailey murder was omitted from a pre-sentencing report, and the feds even had a state investigator testify that Talley killed Hailey."
McKoy's case was investigated by Duke Law Innocence Project volunteers before he became a client of the clinic in 2009. Last month, his attorneys asked the North Carolina Court of Appeals for a hearing to determine why evidence that could exonerate him was never considered. The request was rejected. They plan to pursue relief in federal court.
Read the full article at The Marshall Project.