NC judge may decide if 4 convicted murderers deserve new hearing due to racism

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – On Thursday, a Cumberland County judge may decide whether four convicted killers will get new hearings because of alleged racial bias.

Marcus Robinson, Tilmon Golphin, Quintel Augustine, and Christina Walters were taken off death row back in 2012 under a now-repealed law called the “Racial Justice Act.”

The four were convicted of murder back in the 90s and appealed the death sentence using the Racial Justice Act in 2009.

Three of them are at Central Prison in Raleigh serving out life sentences since 2012 when they were taken off death row.

The North Carolina State Supreme Court threw out that decision in December because they said a judge didn’t give prosecutors enough time to review a study which found African-Americans were intentionally left off the jury in death penalty trials.

The Racial Justice Act allowed a prisoner to get a life sentence instead of a death sentence if racism could be proven to be a factor at the original trial. The State legislature has since repealed all parts of the act.

The State has asked for the case to be dismissed.

The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday at the Cumberland County Courthouse.

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