State v. John Pritchard
About the Case
In State v. John Pritchard, the Commission conducted a hearing on December 14-15, 2021. Pritchard was convicted of Second-Degree Murder, Delivery of Controlled Substance Schedule II, Possession with the Intent to Sell, Manufacture, Deliver (PWISD) Schedule II Controlled Substance, and Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place for Controlled Substances (Misdemeanor). The Commission did not consider the misdemeanor conviction as misdemeanors are not statutorily eligible for review by the Commission.
The Commission concluded that there was sufficient evidence of factual innocence to merit judicial review for 11 CRS 304, Second-Degree Murder. The Commission concluded that there was not sufficient evidence to merit judicial review for 11 CRS 305, Delivery of Controlled Substance Schedule II, and Possession with the Intent to Sell, Manufacture, Deliver (PWISD) Schedule II Controlled Substance.
At that time, 11 CRS 304 was referred forward for a hearing before a three-judge panel. Please contact the Yancey County Clerk of Superior Court for information about the three-judge panel.
The documents presented at the Commission hearing became public record and are included here. The court sealed some documents from the public record. The transcript of the Commission hearing is available for viewing ONLY. If you would like to purchase a printed copy of the hearing transcript, please contact Tori Pittman at (919) 931-6222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: The transcript of the Commission hearing has been requested and is currently being produced. Once the transcript is completed a copy will be made available on our website.