District Attorney Jon David thinks convicted killer is innocent

District Attorney Jon David thinks convicted killer is innocent

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The attorney for a man convicted of killing two people says District Attorney Jon David believes his client is innocent.

According to a report by the Fayetteville Observer attorney Chris Mumma said David consents that Joseph Sledge is innocent. Sledge was sentenced to life in prison for fatally stabbing Josephine Davis and her daughter Aileen Davis after escaping from the White Lake prison in 1976.

David is the District Attorney for Bladen County where the murders almost 40 years ago.

A three-judge panel will meet in the coming weeks to consider Sledge's claim of innocence. During his testimony, Sledge said he had no involvement in the murders. He testified that a sheriff's deputy told him authorities were trying to pin the case on him because the trail was getting cold.

When reached for comment Friday night David said he could not comment on the case, but would make the state's case known in court.

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