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Sep 2, 2014 4:24 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

2 NC men's convictions overturned in 1983 killing

A North Carolina judge has overturned the convictions of two men who have served 30 years in prison for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl after another man's DNA was recently discovered on evidence in the case.

Superior Court Judge Douglass Sasser ordered the immediate release Tuesday of 50-year-old Henry McCollum and 46-year-old Leon Brown. The half brothers were convicted in the 1983 slaying of Sabrina Buie in Robeson County.

Lawyers for the men petitioned for their release after DNA evidence from a cigarette butt recovered at the crime scene pointed to another man.

That man is serving a life sentence for a similar rape and slaying that happened less than a month after Buie was killed.

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