State v. McInnis

About the Case

Edward McInnis’ case was being investigated by the Commission. The Commission conducted an investigation, located physical evidence, and had the physical evidence subjected to DNA testing in the case. Upon learning that the DNA results excluded Edwards McInnis from the crime, the District Attorney, Kristy Newton filed a Motion for Appropriate Relief requesting a dismissal of all charges against Mr. McInnis. On August 2, 2015, the Honorable Tanya Wallace entered an order concluding that this evidence had a bearing on innocence and releasing Mr. McInnis. District Attorney Newton then entered a dismissal of all charges stating the defendant had been exonerated by DNA. Mr. McInnis was represented by Jonathan McInnis (no relation). On May 19, 2016, Mr. McInnis received a pardon of innocence from North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.

The MAR, Court Order and Dismissal are public record and are included here. The transcript of the MAR hearing is available for viewing ONLY. If you would like to purchase a printed copy of the hearing transcript please contact Court Reporter Pamela Gray at: P.O. Box 358, Grifton, NC 28530.