Innocence Project frees the wrongly accused

By Kristen Hampton - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - An afternoon Rotary Club meeting played host to two people from the Innocence Project. One, is a state director of the program. The other attendee, a man who spent 17 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit.

Greg Taylor was accused of killing a prostitute in Raleigh. The evidence that could have exonerated him in 1993, never made it in front of a jury.

For years, Christine Mumma of the Innocence Project, worked to present the facts that eventually freed Taylor.

Mumma works on behalf of the organization that's already freed 19 wrongly-accused prisoners nationwide.

On Friday afternoon, just hours after Greg Taylor spoke at the Rotary lunch about life after prison, Governor Bev Perdue granted him an official pardon.

Taylor is not just a free man he says, he's also innocent. Thanks to the program that serves as a safety net to an imperfect judicial system.