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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Durham DA will appeal judge's order overturning 1991 double-murder conviction

Posted by on Thu, May 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

The Durham district attorney's office filed notice yesterday to appeal a recent order by Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Orlando F. Hudson Jr. overturning the conviction of Darryl Howard, who is currently serving an 80-year prison sentence for the 1991 double-murder of a mother and daughter.

In his order earlier this week, Hudson ruled that prosecutor Mike Nifong, then an assistant district attorney, failed to disclose to Howard's defense attorneys a potentially exculpatory police memo, and that he and a police detective made misleading statements to the jury. New DNA evidence has since suggested that the murders were not committed by Howard, but by another man, who had a history of violent felonies.

The DA's filing for appeal yesterday also seeks a stay on Hudson's order to retry Howard.

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