North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is pardoning a man who spent nearly 17 years in prison for a Greensboro murder after law officers and prosecutors hid key details from defense lawyers.
McCrory's decision Monday to issue a pardon of innocence to 63-year-old LaMonte Armstrong makes him eligible to claim compensation under a North Carolina law that allows payments of up to $750,000 for people wrongly convicted of felonies.
Armstrong was convicted of the 1988 killing of Ernestine Compton, one of his former professors at North Carolina A&T University. A key prosecution witness said police pressured him to accuse Armstrong. A re-tested palm print from the murder scene belonged to another suspect.
A judge released Armstrong 16 months ago. He now works at a substance abuse treatment center in Chapel Hill.