Greg Taylor

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1st person in US to be declared innocent by an innocence panel

Greg Taylor was exonerated on February 17, 2010 by a three-judge panel who dismantled a murder conviction that robbed him of nearly two decades of freedom. He was the first North Carolinian freed through the Innocence Inquiry Commission, a pioneering group created in 2006 to examine claims of innocence.  Greg was convicted in 1993 of murder in the death of Jacquetta Thomas, a Raleigh woman who was beaten to death and ditched in a secluded cul de sac in east Raleigh.  Greg swore his innocence from the start.  By the time he appealed to the Innocence Inquiry Commission in 2006, he’d exhausted every appeal – and hope – of clearing his name.  He received a pardon from Bev Perdue on May 21, 2010.  Prior to prison, Greg worked in telecommunications.  He currently lives in Durham.