Man freed from prison after three decades

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IOL pic sep4 mccollum Soybean Field Slaying8 Associated Press Henry McCollum is interviewed by the media after being released from Central Prison in Raleigh, North Carolina, on September 2, 2014. Picture: Michael Biesecker

Raleigh, North Carolina -

A death row inmate has been freed after spending decades prison, a day after a judge overturned his conviction because of new DNA evidence in the case.

Fifty-year-old Henry McCollum walked out of Central Prison in Raleigh on Wednesday.

He hugged his mother and thanked God for his release.

His half-brother, 46-year-old Leon Brown, also had his conviction in a 1983 rape and murder overturned on Tuesday.

Brown was expected to be freed later on Wednesday.

McCollum spoke briefly to reporters before getting into the passenger seat of his father's car, where a reporter had to show him how to buckle the seat belt. He had never used a seat belt of that design. - Sapa-AP

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