Greg Taylor spent 6,149 days in prison for the murder of Jacquetta Thomas in Southeast Raleigh. For 17 years he maintained his innocence, exhausting every appeal, turning down repeated chances to make up a story about a codefendant so that he could go free.
Eventually, Christine Mumma, executive director of the N.C. Center of Actual Innocence, reviewed his case and believed the state was holding an innocent man. Through Mumma's work, the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission voted unanimously in 2009 that Taylor's case warranted further review, and in 2010 he was the first person to be exonerated under the process.
North Carolina is the only state with an innocence commission.
Taylor spoke to honors law and justice students at Broughton High School in Raleigh today. Here are my notes. They are not verbatim.