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Commission rejects innocence claims by NC men

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. -

The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission has rejected claims by three Buncombe County men that they had nothing to do with the shooting death of a man in September 2000.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported (http://avlne.ws/1cW7F9f) that the panel's decision means Larry Jerome Williams Jr., Damian Mills and Teddy Lamont Isbell will not get the chance to prove their innocence before a three-judge panel.

Two co-defendants were cleared two years ago.

Walter Rodney Bowman was shot to death during a home invasion in Fairview.

Superior Court Judge Quentin Sumner said there was not enough evidence of innocence to warrant further review.

Kenneth Kagonyera and Robert Wilcoxson were freed in September 2011 after spending nearly 11 years in prison. They had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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