Pitt County district attorney reviewing murder case of man in prison 22 years

Dontae Sharpe (WTVD photo)

GREENVILLE, Pitt County - A Pitt County district attorney said it is conducting another investigation into whether a Greenville man who has spent 22 years in prison on a murder charge really committed the crime.

The NAACP has fought to have Dontae Sharpe's conviction overturned for years. Sharpe was 19 when he received a life sentence for the murder of 33-year-old George Radcliffe in Greenville. Authorities say Radcliffe was shot during a drug buy in 1994.

An eyewitness recanted her testimony just months after the trial.

Pitt County District Attorney Kimberly Robb said that prosecutors are finishing a review of the case and plans to talk to Gov. Roy Cooper's office to review the findings. A protest was held Friday at the courthouse asking for the district attorney to free Sharpe.

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