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Old 08-08-2018, 07:14 AM
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Default Negro once sentenced to death, Durham killer of WF, 51 in 1987 due to be freed 9/21/18

https://www.wral.com/once-sentenced-...onth/17750553/

Once sentenced to death, Durham killer due to be freed next month
8/7/18



RALEIGH, N.C. A killer once sentenced to death for fatally shooting a woman in a church parking lot 30 years ago is being freed from prison next month, North Carolina's parole commission said Monday.

James McDowell, 50, has been serving a life sentence for first-degree murder but will be released Sept. 21
, the state Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission said in a written statement. The commission sets parole for criminals convicted of crimes committed before October 1994, when parole was eliminated.

Documents explaining the commission's decision to grant McDowell's early release are not public record, state prisons spokesman Jerry Higgins said in an email.

The state Supreme Court in 1991 found errors in the sentencing phase of McDowell's 1988 trial and converted his death sentence to life in prison.

McDowell shot and killed Doris Gillie in her car as she was leaving the Durham Gospel Center after attending a prayer service in 1987. Gillie's family had previously opposed McDowell being granted parole, but her son did not return a message seeking comment Monday.

McDowell had accumulated 40 prison infractions over the years for offenses including fighting, faking illness and disobeying orders, but the last incident was in 2002, according to inmate records.


http://abc11.com/exclusive-family-of...unced/3902465/

Exclusive: Family of Durham murder victim speaks after killer's release on parole announced


Doris Gillie was a wife and the mother of six when she was gunned down in 1987 as she left a church. (Courtesy of the Gillie family)
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