State v. Sledge

About the Case


In State v. Sledge, the Commission conducted a hearing on December 3, 4, and 5, 2014. 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 Columbus County on January 23, 2015. The District Attorney and the Defense Attorney agreed that the Commission uncovered new evidence of innocence and they jointly asked the three-judge panel to vacate the conviction. The three-judge panel ruled that Mr. Sledge had proven his innocence by clear and convincing evidence. Mr. Sledge was exonerated.


The documents presented at the Commission hearing became public record and are included here. The transcripts 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 is available for viewing ONLY. If you would like to purchase a copy of the hearing transcript please contact Denise St. Clair at denise.r.stclair@nccourts.org.

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 Columbus County Clerk of Court if you wish to review those documents.