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State v. Grimes

In the case of State v. Grimes, the Commission conducted a hearing on April 2 - 4, 2012. The Commission voted unanimously that there was sufficient evidence to merit judicial review. At that time, the case was referred forward to a three-judge panel. The documents presented at the Commission hearing became public record and are included below.


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State v. Willie J. Grimes Brief

Handouts provided to Commission during hearing:

Handout 1 - Revised Appendix C

Handout 2 - Darkened Pages from Appendix D

Handout 3 - Evidence Control Form

Handout 4 - While you were out note

Handout 5 - Delmas Report

Handout 6 and 8 - DelTorres Notes about Alibi

Handout 7 - Grimes Booking Photo

Handout 9 - Hamlin Report and Bench Notes

Handout 10 - Turner Interviews

Handout 11 - Turner Criminal History

Handout 12 - Diagram of Quadraplex

Handout 13 - Map of Locations

Grimes Hearing Power Point Presentation

Hair Analyst Power Point Presentation

The transcript for the Commission hearing is available for viewing ONLY. Online, all three volumes are together in one PDF. The transcripts online are not available to print. If you would like to purchase a printed copy of the hearing transcript please contact Court Reporter Tori Pittman at 919-931-6222 or

NCIIC Hearing Transcript: State v Willie Grimes

Commission Opinion

Grimes Three-Judge Panel

The three-judge panel was held in Catawba County from October 1, 2012 through October 5, 2012.  At the conclusion of that hearing, the Judges rules that Mr. Grimes had proven his innocence by clear and convincing evidence.  The charges were dismissed and Mr. Grimes was exonerated. 

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

Three Judge Panel's Opinion


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