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Innocence commission re-evaluates man's sentence in connection with 1979 St. Augustine's murder

Posted November 14, 2018 6:46 p.m. EST

James Blackmon

— An eight-member Innocence Inquiry Commission is re-evaluating a convicted murderer's life sentence.

James Blackmon has been in prison for decades for a 1979 murder at St. Augustine's College.

Blackmon's attorney said he gave a false confession, and supporters say crime scene fingerprints match someone else. Blackmon took an Alford plea in 1988, meaning he continued to maintain his innocence while acknowledging there was enough evidence to convict him.

Now, North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services is representing Blackmon. The hearing is expected to last through Friday.