- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The court wrangling resumes over whether to free a North Carolina man a judge described as probably innocent despite 20 years in prison on a marred double-murder conviction.

The state Court of Appeals hears arguments Wednesday on whether to free Darryl Howard on bond.

Howard was convicted in 1995 of sexually assaulting and strangling a woman and her 13-year-old daughter.

A Durham judge ruled authorities withheld evidence during Howard’s 1995 trial that could have cleared him and that he must be retried.

The judge said new evidence showed possible misconduct in the case by a Durham detective and former Durham prosecutor Mike Nifong, who was disbarred after the Duke University lacrosse case. State investigators determined in 2007 that Nifong lied and withheld evidence proving the innocence of the athletes.

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