State v. Taylor

About the Case


In State v. Taylor, the Commission conducted a hearing on September 3 and 4, 2009. 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 Wake County from February 9, 2010 through February 17, 2010. At the conclusion of the hearing, the three-judge panel ruled that Mr. Taylor had proven his innocence by clear and convincing evidence. Mr. Taylor was exonerated. On May 21, 2010, Mr. Taylor received a pardon of innocence from North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue.


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 copy of the hearing transcript please contact Court Reporting Services at 919-832-4114 or crsdepo@crsdepo.com.

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