Actual Innocence. Setting Aside a Jury Verdict and Criminal Conviction. What is required for a Pardon in North Carolina?
Twenty-seven years behind bars: 9,855 days, 236,520 hours, 14,191,200 minutes locked away in a prison. . .all the while being completely innocent of the charges levied. That’s what happened to Edward McInnis.
He was accused by law enforcement of a heinous crime. The Office of the District Attorney at the time reviewed the evidence and prosecuted. At trial, twelve members of the community found Mr. McInnis Guilty Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. Afterward the Court Entered Judgment, Committing Mr. McInnis to Prison for what was supposed to be the rest of his life.