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NC Innocence Commission sends Womble case to judges

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Willie Henderson Womble was convicted of a murder that he says he did not commit Willie Henderson Womble was convicted of a murder that he says he did not commit
RALEIGH, N.C. -

The state's Innocence Inquiry Commission is recommending that a three-judge panel review the case of a Durham man convicted 38 years ago of a murder that he says he didn't commit.

The commission recommended Tuesday that judges review the case of 60-year-old Willie Henderson Womble, who testified that police pressured him to confess to the 1975 murder of a convenience store clerk in Butner.

Womble said a Durham police detective threw him to the ground, threatened him and forced him to sign a confession that he didn't write.

The commission deliberated about an hour Tuesday before deciding to forward Womble's case to the judges.

Since the commission began its work in 2007, it recommended that six other cases receive judicial review. Four of those people have been declared innocent.

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