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NC Supreme Court to hear more racial bias cases

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of state attorneys who disagree with a trial court that reduced death sentences of three convicted killers to life in prison because of racial bias.

The justices announced Friday they had accepted a petition by the state Attorney General's Office in the Racial Justice Act cases of Christina "Queen" Walters, Tilmon Golphin and Quintel Augustine.

A Superior Court Judge last December ruled race had played unjust roles in jury selection at their trials. Golphin and Augustine were convicted of killing law enforcement officers. Walters was convicted of killing two women.

The justices already have taken briefs in an earlier Racial Justice Act case in which another death-row inmate received life in prison.

The legislature repealed the act this year.

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