WILSON, N.C. -- A group of lawyers and students from Duke University are working to free a convicted murderer. The Innocence Project, a student-run organization that investigates claims of innocence, has been working for more than a decade to prove Charles Ray Finch of Wilson is innocent.
Finch has served 36 years for the murder of a man during a hold-up at a grocery store back in the 70's. Recently, attorneys filed a motion to overturn his conviction.
"He was relieved that the filing had been done, which was good to see because he sometimes masks his emotions so knowing that he finally has something in the courts was something that brought him some relief,” said Duke Law Lecturing Fellow Jamie Lau.
The district attorney will now review the evidence and decide if it's enough to prove Finch's innocence. If so, the conviction will be overturned.