Joseph Sledge

Time Served: 37 years

The Innocence Project did not have a role in exonerating this person. For the full history and details of this case, please visit the National Registry of Exonerations at the link below.

State: North Carolina

Charge: murder

Conviction: Two counts of second-degree murder

Sentence: Two life sentences

Incident Date: 09/06/76

Conviction Date: 08/31/78

Exoneration Date: 01/23/15

Served: 37 years

Race of Defendant: African American

Status: Exonerated by DNA

Type of Forensic Science Problem: Hair Analysis

Type of Crime: Homicide Related

Contributing Causes of Conviction: Informants, Unvalidated or Improper Forensic Science

Accused Plead Guilty: No

Death Penalty Case: no

The Alternative Perpetrator Identified: No

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