State v. Knolly Brown

About the Case


In State v. Knolly Brown, the Commission conducted a hearing on December 9 and 10, 2015. The Commission voted unanimously that there was sufficient evidence of factual innocence to merit judicial review. At that time, the case was referred to a three-judge panel.

The three-judge panel hearing was held in Edgecombe County on May 27, 2016. The three-judge panel conducted an evidentiary hearing. At the close of the evidence, Mr. Brown’s attorney moved for a finding of innocence and a declaration of exoneration, and was joined in the motion by the Assistant District Attorney. The three-judge panel ruled that Mr. Brown had proven his innocence by clear and convincing evidence. Mr. Brown was exonerated.


The documents presented at the Commission hearing became public record and are included here. The transcript of the Commission hearing is available for viewing ONLY. If you would like to purchase a printed copy of the hearing transcript please contact Ira Anderson at P.O. Box 6348, Concord, NC 28027 or (704) 467-4950.

The transcript of the three-judge panel hearing are available for viewing ONLY. If you would like to purchase a copy of the hearing transcript please contact Jean McInerney at 641 Sand Trap Drive, Rocky Mount, NC 27804 or (252) 442-6688.

The documents from the three-judge panel hearing were made a part of the official court file and are public record. You may contact the Edgecombe County Clerk of Court if you wish to review those documents.