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 [email protected].

Documents related to the three judge panel are held by the Clerk of Court in the county of conviction and are not managed by the Commission.  You may contact the Wake County Clerk of Court regarding any documents related to the three judge panel.