A rally in Greenville works to free a Pitt Co. man from prison


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The NAACP is working around the clock to free a Pitt County man from prison. Nine on Your Side has covered the story of Dontae Sharpe since his original murder conviction in 1994.

“Dontae could be out if he would simply say I did it, knowing he did not do it,” explained Reverend Dr. William Barber.

One step in front of the other, dozens marched over a mile to the Pitt County Courthouse.

Sharpe was convicted of killing a man in west Greenville over 20 years ago, and has been in jail ever since.

“Free, Dontae Sharpe,” people chanted.

His family, the NAACP, his attorneys and community members are rallying behind Sharpe to bring him back home where they say he should have never left from.

“No physical evidence to the weapon, to the scene of the crime and nothing that placed him at the scene,” Barber said.

People gathered as everyone walked down the middle of Fifth Street. Once the group got to the courthouse, they signed a form that will go to the District Attorney, Attorney General and Governor Pat McCrory in hopes to exonerate him.

Sharpe’s attorneys say Pitt County District Attorney Kimberly Robb is currently looking at the case.

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