An N.C. Court of Appeals order gives state officials a little breathing room in their efforts to block the release of two convicted murderers.
The Associated Press is reporting that the appeals court has temporarily blocked the release of Alford Jones and Faye Brown on Friday afternoon. Earlier in the day, Superior Court Judge Ripley Rand had ordered the two released by 5 p.m. today.
Jones was convicted during the mid-1970s for killing a man during a robbery in Lenoir County. Brown was convicted of murder in the 1970s following a bank robbery in which a trooper was shot to death.
They, along with others, have been serving life sentences, which was originally defined as 80 years. Their attorneys have argued that subsequent laws along with certain credits make them eligible for release now.
The issue has become a hot topic in the state capital. Gov. Bev Perdue has vowed to fight their release.
The appeals court helps state attorneys buy a little time in trying to keep the convicted killers behind bars.