FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | From the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission | Lindsey Guice Smith, Executive Director
On January 18, 2019, a three-judge panel convened in Mecklenburg County to hear the case of State vs. Israel Grant (Mecklenburg – 05 CRS 244094; 05 CRS 076342). Mr. Grant was convicted for the August 15, 2005 robbery of Christina Adcock and Jason Taylor. At the end of the hearing, the three-judge panel unanimously concluded that Mr. Grant had proven by clear and convincing evidence that he was innocent of the robbery with dangerous weapon and of possession of a firearm by a felon.
Israel Grant is the 11thperson exonerated as a result of investigation by the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission. His case was heard by the Commission on November 29, 2017, and the Commission unanimously concluded that there was sufficient evidence of factual innocence to merit judicial review and the case was referred forward for a hearing before a three-judge panel. The Commission’s lead investigator on this case was Staff Attorney Brian Ziegler.
The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission is a state agency charged with investigating post-conviction claims of factual innocence. The agency was created by the General Assembly in 2006 and began operations in 2007. The Commission is the first and only of its kind in the country. Since 2007, the Commission has conducted investigations that have resulted in the exoneration of 11 individuals and over 2500 claims have been submitted to the agency. Since October 2018, the Commission has held two hearings which resulted in referral to a three-judge panel. Both are pending hearing.
For more information, please contact the Commission’s Executive Director, Lindsey Guice Smith, at (919) 890-1580 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also find more information on the Commission’s website at www.innocencecommisson-nc.gov.