State v. McCollum / Brown

About the Case

Leon Brown’s case was in Formal Inquiry with the Commission. In July of 2014, the Commission staff met with the parties to discuss their ongoing investigation and the parties decided to present the Commission’s investigation at an upcoming Motion for Appropriate Relief Hearing. The hearing was held on September 2, 2014. At the hearing, the Commission’s Associate Director was the only witness called and testified for six hours regarding the Commission’s investigation. At the conclusion of the hearing, the attorneys for McCollum and Brown and the District Attorney joined in a motion to vacate the convictions and agreed the McCollum and Brown were innocent. The Honorable Douglas Sasser vacated the conviction and declared McCollum and Brown innocent. Both men were released from prison the next day.

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

The transcript for the postconviction hearing is available for viewing ONLY. Online. If you would like to purchase a printed copy of the hearing transcript please contact Court Reporter Julie Ryan at:

Julie R. Ryan, CVR-CM-M, CCR
Official Court Reporter
Robeson County Superior Court
Lumberton, NC 28358
(910) 272-5929