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Exonerated Cary man says he still doesn't feel free

Posted June 16, 2010
Updated June 18, 2010

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— A Cary man exonerated for murder after more than 16 years in jail said Wednesday that he still doesn’t feel completely free.

Gregory Taylor, 47, said he is not allowed to drive without restrictions.

Taylor was charged with DWI before his arrest for the murder of Jacquetta Thomas in 1991. He was cleared of the murder charge in February and pardoned by the governor last month.

Taylor faces driving restrictions Taylor faces driving restrictions

Still, Taylor said the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is punishing him for his DWI by only allowing him to drive between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. for the next five years.

“This thing would have been resolved decades ago if I hadn’t spent all that time in prison for a crime I did not commit,” Taylor said.

He said he plans to fight the DMV’s decision.

Taylor was convicted in April 1993 in the Thomas’ death. He had exhausted all avenues of appeals when the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission reviewed his case and decided in September 2009 that it merited a review before the special panel.

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  • sunshineonmyshoulder Jun 18, 2010

    Let the man drive! If he hasn't learned a lesson in the past 17 years or so, it won't be long before the tale is told. Hopefully if he drinks and drives, he'll be caught sooner rather than later and maybe he won't kill you or I in the process. We drive on the highways everyday with drunk drivers who haven't been caught yet...that's reality!

  • wildcat Jun 17, 2010

    May God continue to bless this man. He has been through a lot more than many have. Sent to prison for nothing because someone did not do their job right.

  • wildcat Jun 17, 2010

    In man's world they are so easily convict a person, but in God's world the person will be shock as to the outcome. Jesus and God will be the last judger.

  • itsmyownopinion Jun 17, 2010

    "The information about the DMV decision did not come from Greg Taylor. It came from me!!! I was outraged when I heard about this and emailed WRAL voicing my opinion. It was me that started this debate over this innocent man because I believed the restriction DMV has placed on this man is a gross injustice. They completely disregarded the past 17 years and have picked up where they left off. WRAL receiving this information was no play for sympathy. It was merely me, a member of this community, voicing my opinion. I will keep my thoughts to myself from now on. I seem to have created more injustice for this man!"
    rupertmary

    Don't beat yourself up for trying to help someone. Some posters here are heartless.

  • soyousay Jun 17, 2010

    But if he had NOT been involved with seedy characters and messing around with alcohol and drugs, he WOULD NOT have been wrongly convicted. DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT

    What an amazingly idiotic statement to make, even for golow standards.....

  • freetospeak Jun 17, 2010

    Why was his DUI not dealt with while he was in prison or at least give him time served? I guess I just don't understand how the courts work here.

  • allie19 Jun 17, 2010

    We had an employee that now has 9 DUIs. We would pick him up for work at times. He is still driving. If you look up his record on DOC website every other conviction he goes to jail on weekends or a workcamp once for 6 months. Then every other time nothing is done. THAT is someone you probably want off the streets. Doesn't that kind of almost make the state liable for not getting him off the streets. This is ridiculous that this is happening to Greg Taylor when someone is still driving with 9 convictions!

  • jafarmg2 Jun 17, 2010

    He's had a spot-free driving record and no alcohol for 16 or so years. That's not good enough for DMV? Sometimes our state leaders make NC a laughing stock of the country. I hope this story stays local.
    fatchanceimwrong

    The DMV is nuts! I agree with fatchanceimwrong 100%

  • rupertmary Jun 17, 2010

    The information about the DMV decision did not come from Greg Taylor. It came from me!!! I was outraged when I heard about this and emailed WRAL voicing my opinion. It was me that started this debate over this innocent man because I believed the restriction DMV has placed on this man is a gross injustice. They completely disregarded the past 17 years and have picked up where they left off. WRAL receiving this information was no play for sympathy. It was merely me, a member of this community, voicing my opinion. I will keep my thoughts to myself from now on. I seem to have created more injustice for this man!

  • dwayneallendail Jun 17, 2010

    I have read some of these comments, all the way up to WhiskeyTangoFoxTrot. Upstanding, law-abiding citizens don't get wrongfully convicted, sir? Under anything close to normal circumstances, there would be no reason whatsoever to in any way, shape, form or fashion for 3 DWIs. BUT, these are extraordinary circumstances, to put it mildly! He deserves a CHANCE! The state owes him EVERY opportunity to get his life back in order! AND, just because WRAL did not run but 5 seconds of an interview does not at all mean that Greg has lied in any way! They never EVER air an entire interview! God forbid that what has happened to Greg Taylor and his family happen to any of you who have made these nasty comments, b/c you will understand then the tragedy of it all. I will pray for you!

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