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Greg Taylor, victim's sister speak to Duke divinity students

Posted April 9, 2013

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— Divinity students at Duke University heard from an unlikely pair of allies Tuesday about how prison ministry can help inmates when they need God most.

"These divinity students going into prison ministry, they're going to see some people at their worst," said Gregory Taylor, who spent nearly 17 years in prison for the murder of Jacquetta Thomas.

In February 2010, a special three-judge panel unanimously decided there was clear and convincing evidence that proved Taylor did not commit the crime.

Thomas' sister, Yolanda Littlejohn, said she has long believed in Taylor's innocence. She visited him in prison and the two formed a friendship over the years.

Tuesday's discussion was the first time Taylor and Littlejohn told their story together.

Yolanda Littlejohn, David Crabtree, Greg Taylor Exonerated man, victim's sister share story with Duke students

Taylor said inmates often feel hopeless, so faith is more important than ever.

"You're so scared to hope anymore because you've been let down so many times," he said.

Littlejohn said she was moved by Taylor's account of his time in prison.

"My heart hurt for him, just listening to the things we shared," she said. 

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  • Obamacare rises Apr 10, 2013

    He really should still be in prison for this crime.

  • anneonymousone Apr 10, 2013

    It says fine things about both Mr. Taylor and Ms. Littlejohn that they have compassion for anyone other than themselves, considering the losses they have endured.

  • melodylink Apr 10, 2013

    I'm so thankful for these two people using their hurts for the good of so many people. How generous of spirit and inspiring!

  • lynne0312 Apr 10, 2013

    Thank you for sharing your story. I have so much admiration and respect for you, Greg. I'm working on helping others who were wrongfully convicted in Wake county (Cooper and Young).

    Thanks to you too, Yolanda! I really enjoyed listening to both of you on "The Other Side of Justice".

  • Hans Apr 10, 2013

    There are still posters on this site who think this guy is guilty because the cops and DA said he was, and some that think even if he wasn't, he deserved to be on death row because he did "drugs". SMH.

  • Milkman Apr 10, 2013

    "Mr. Taylor, thank you for continuing to show grace, that you are not a bitter man and working to inspire others. Ms. Littlejohn, thank you for working with Mr. Taylor. I'm sure it is very hard still not knowing who killed your sister and it would have been very easy to blame the only person ever accused of the crime."

    Here here!! Excellent comment, this poor man was cheated out a large portion of his adult life by a corrupt SBI and Wake County DA office. I don't think I could be as forgiving as he has been. He has all my respect.

  • Dadof4girls Apr 10, 2013

    This story should be worthy of top billing! A true inspiration. Thank you

  • kateyezkateyez Apr 10, 2013

    Mr. Taylor, thank you for continuing to show grace, that you are not a bitter man and working to inspire others. Ms. Littlejohn, thank you for working with Mr. Taylor. I'm sure it is very hard still not knowing who killed your sister and it would have been very easy to blame the only person ever accused of the crime.