Ex-detective says Greenville man innocent of murder

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former police detective who changed her mind about the guilt of a North Carolina man in 1994 murder says she continues to believe he is innocent and should be released.

Carolyn Melvin said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press that she would testify in support of Dontae Sharpe if he gets another court hearing. Melvin was a detective with the Greenville Police Department when Sharpe received a life sentence for the murder of 33-year-old George Radcliffe. Legal documents say Radcliffe was shot during a drug buy.

An eyewitness recanted her testimony just months after the trial.

Melvin later became a private investigator who worked with Sharpe’s family to prove his innocence.

The state chapter of the NAACP is holding events Thursday in Smithfield and Raleigh in support of Sharpe. His attorney says she has filed a clemency petition with Gov. Roy Cooper.

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Advocates for a North Carolina man imprisoned for almost 22 years for a murder he says he didn’t commit are continuing efforts to free him even as chances dwindle for a legal remedy.

The state chapter of the NAACP is holding events Thursday for Dontae Sharpe, who was 19 when he received a life sentence for the murder of 33-year-old George Radcliffe in Greenville. Legal documents show Radcliffe was shot during a drug buy in 1994.

 

Attorney Theresa Newman of the Duke Innocence Project says the case is “at the last hour, legally speaking.” She’s filed a clemency request with Gov. Roy Cooper’s office.

Supporters will hold a news conference Thursday, then march to the offices of Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein.