Cops Want DNA Test From Freed NC Man

A North Carolina man exonerated of a prostitute's murder in a groundbreaking innocence hearing says he wonders if his fight will ever end since police now want to test his clothing for the victim's DNA.

In a statement Tuesday, Greg Taylor says he begged authorities for years to test his clothing for the DNA of the slain woman. He asks why police waited to do the testing until after a three-judge panel declared him innocent last month.

In a different letter, attorney Chris Mumma reluctantly grants permission for the testing, saying Taylor wants to remove any doubt about his role in the crime.

A police spokesman declined to immediately comment.

Taylor spent more than 16 years in prison. His was the first exoneration for the state's Innocence Commission.

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  • by shelley Location: gville on Mar 17, 2010 at 03:18 PM
    double jeopardy? if he's already been to trial isn't it the law that he can't be tried again?
  • by Russ Location: Henderson on Mar 17, 2010 at 10:20 AM
    No tony he was found guilty of murder. Never has been found NOT guilty. He has been released because of a bunch of technicalities.
  • by tony Location: Roper on Mar 17, 2010 at 09:15 AM
    this man was found not gulity of muder,and set free. Now the state of N.C. is trying not to pay him what he's owed.
  • by Real Patriot Location: Greenville on Mar 17, 2010 at 08:37 AM
    NC has prostitutes? That's news to me.
  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Mar 17, 2010 at 07:39 AM
    To Moderators Nightmare: Witnesses reported seeing the victim with him, in his truck on the day she died. He admitted to “discovering” the body but claimed because he was doing drugs he was afraid to report it and went home to sober up before calling the police. His truck was stuck in a field near the victim and police search dogs tracked her scent to his truck. Taylor also confessed to another inmate while in jail and that inmate testified in court. The innocents commission ordered him released NOT because he was innocent but because the SBI crime lab did not turn over all evidence to the defense.
  • by John Location: Washington on Mar 17, 2010 at 07:25 AM
    I can see boths sides here, but it should not be a big deal if he is innocent then do the test, it will only take a few minutes.....but on the other had the police should accept the ruling..... I do not want a innocent man in prison nor a guilty man in the streets.
  • by Russ Location: Henderson on Mar 17, 2010 at 07:18 AM
    So ya'll beleive his truck with blood on and in it just happened to get stuck at the crime scene? A place he had no reason to be anywhere near in the first place?
  • by Anonymous Location: greenville on Mar 17, 2010 at 06:35 AM
    For all those that ask why didn't they do DNA tests before now. DNA testing was not available 17 years ago. He was found guilty in court. When have you ever heard of anyone doing DNA testing for cases that were already found guilty. If they had to do that for every case that was already guilty, the SBI would never be able to do DNA testing for new/current cases.
  • by Anoym Location: Williamston on Mar 17, 2010 at 06:31 AM
    Its all about the money. He has applied to the Governor for a pardon. If he is pardoned, they have to pay over $750,000 for his time in prison. They are just looking any loophole that there is not to pay the money. My God, look how long its taking folks to get their state tax refund
  • by Moderators Nightmare on Mar 17, 2010 at 05:13 AM
    Ted, just curious here. What did you read in that report that makes you feel that he is indeed guilty?
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