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NC judges to hear innocence cases from 2 men

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — A three-judge panel will hear the
innocence claims of two North Carolina men who say they pleaded
guilty to murder charges only to avoid the possibility of being
sentenced to death.

The panel will hear innocence arguments from attorneys for
Kenneth Kagonyera and Robert Wilcoxsin, who pleaded guilty to
second-degree murder in the 2000 death of 51-year-old Walter Rodney
Bowman at his home in Fairview. The hearing will begin Monday and
will be held in the Buncombe County courthouse in Asheville.

The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission decided in April
to recommend the cases to the three-judge panel. Among the evidence
heard by the commission is a confession by a federal prisoner who
was never charged and DNA evidence that linked another man to the

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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