Dontae Sharpe has been incarcerated since the age of 19. He has now spent 22 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Experts have called Dontae's case a "textbook wrongful conviction". Dontae was convicted of a murder connected to a drug buy in 1994 but the case quickly fell apart.
The prosecution's key witness recanted her testimony within two months of the trial. The witness admitted that she felt pressure from police to lie at trial, and that she received rewards for doing so, from police beforehand.
Secondly, a former Detective on the case admits that Dontae Sharpe was wrongfully accused and prosecuted. The former Detective admits that selective-documentation of evidence at trial, meaning that all available evidence was not presented at trial. Highly-likely alternative suspects were never pursued by police. Additionally, alibi witnesses for Dontae Sharpe were never interviewed by police.
Dontae has spent over half of his life behind bars because he maintains his innocence. If he'd confessed to the crime he was convicted of he would be home today. Join the NC NAACP and Color Of Change in calling on North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Attorney General Josh Stein and Pitt County District Attorney Kimberly Robb to #FreeDontaeSharpe.
The NC NAACP will march for Dontae's freedom on this Friday, May 5th, begining at 3:30 pm. The march will begin at Town Commons Park, 105 East 1st St, Greenville, to District Attorney Kimberly Robb’s office at the Greenville Courthouse, 100 West 3rd St, Greenville.
Please visit the links below to sign the petition for Dontae's freedom, view additional event info, and listen to the Sharpe Family and Rev. Barber give a full overview of Dontae's case.
Click here to Sign the Petition