McCrory grants pardon of innocence in decades-old Charlotte rape case

Published: Dec. 1, 2016 at 7:15 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Gov. Pat McCrory issued a pardon of innocence for a man convicted in a first-degree rape case in 1991.

Timothy Bridges spent more than 24 years in prison after being convicted of first-degree rape, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and breaking and entering in connection with the 1989 attack of 83-year-old Modine Wise.

Wise lived between The Plaza and North Davidson Street, the Charlotte Observer reported at the time.

In February, prosecutors dismissed indictments against Bridges following a faulty testimony.

A state expert had testified that two hairs found at the scene likely came from Bridges. The FBI announced in 2012 that the hair analysis testimony was flawed, and that the hair analysis testimony "exceeded the limits of science."

Bridges was released from prison on October 1, 2015 and ordered a new trial. Additional DNA tests were run on a coat found one the bed at the crime scene and a cigarette butt found in the coat pocket. The DNA did not match bridges, documents say.

Bridges served a total of 24 years and 7 months in prison.

"Those receiving a pardon of innocence are eligible to receive $50,000 per year spent in prison, up to a maximum amount of $750,000," McCrory's office says.

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