Innocent North Carolina man exonerated by panel in 1979 College Dorm Murder

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— A judicial panel of three judges declared James Blackmon, 66, innocent in the death of Helena Payton, who was stabbed in the neck in a dormitory bathroom of what is now St. Augustine's University in Raleigh in September 1979.

 
The ruling, which is final, came as part of the unique process under which the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission rules on innocence claims from convicted people and sends the cases it finds credible to a three-judge panel.
 
Prison officials said, following the exoneration, that they were working Thursday afternoon to release Blackmon, who was serving a life sentence for second-degree murder. Blackmon is the 12th person exonerated through the work of the commission, which legislators established in 2006. More than 2,500 claims have been submitted to the commission since it began operations in 2007.
 
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