A prisoner taken off death row after a judge ruled prosecutors withheld key evidence in his murder trial was found not guilty Wednesday in a second trial.
Alan Gell, 28, has spent a decade behind bars in the 1995 murder of retired truck driver Allen Ray Jenkins, who was shot twice during a robbery. After the verdict, Gell hugged his attorneys and his mother wept in the courtroom.
He was immediately allowed to go free. When asked what he was going to do, he responded: “Go home, where I should have been years ago.”
The case has led to calls for North Carolina to impose a moratorium on executions, and the verdict likely will fuel the debate.