Image from NCCADP.ORG: Henry McCollum, right after he’s been exonerated.
DNA Frees 2 Brothers After 30 Years Behind Bars
Henry McCollum and Leon Brown are brothers.
For the past 30 years, McCollum has lived on North Carolina’s Death Row after being convicted of murder and sentenced to death back in 1984. Brown lived on Death Row, too, until his murder conviction was tossed. The crime happened when Henry was 19 and Leon was only 15 years old.
These two men have literally grown up from boys to men behind the bars of a North Carolina prison facility. And they are innocent of the crimes for which they were charged.
They were accused of raping and murdering an 11 year old girl, Sabrina Buie, and each did sign a confession to the crime. However, both have low IQ scores which immediately bring the “confessions” into question. (McCollum tests at 60 IQ; Brown at 49).
Confession debates can be put aside, however. DNA testing done by the Innocence Project has proven that these two men are innocent, and that a man named Roscoe Artis — on Death Row for a similar murder — has a match to the DNA found at the scene of Sabrina Buie’s murder.
McCollum holds the record as the longest-serving inmate on death row in North Carolina. Both of the brothers have now been freed.
Another example of the need for warriors like Terry Lenamon out there in the trenches when the Death Penalty is on the table.