ASHEVILLE (AP) â€” The defense has rested in a hearing in which two North Carolina men are trying to prove theyâ€™re innocent of murder charges to which they pleaded guilty.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that the defense rested Tuesday in the case of Kenneth Kagonyera and Robert Wilcoxsin. A three-judge panel is hearing the case in an innocence hearing in Asheville.
The two men pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Walter Bowman of Fairview at his home in 2000. They say they pleaded guilty to avoid the possibility of getting the death penalty at trial or spending life behind bars.
Both men testified Tuesday, saying they didnâ€™t kill Bowman. The prosecution then began presenting its case.