Current Cases

The North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence is working to investigate a multitude of cases at any given time.  Currently, the Center has 3 cases with scheduled litigation and many more in the advanced stages of investigation.

 

Robert Bragg - Robert "Bobby" Bragg was convicted of first-degree murder in February 1996 for the December 1994 murder of Coy Hartley. The elderly Mr. Hartley was found beaten to death in his trailer in Boone, North Carolina.  Mr. Hartley died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.  Robert Bragg was identified as a suspect, despite the fact that numerous witnesses confirmed that Mr. Bragg was in Tennessee at the time of the murder. In fact, Mr. Bragg waived extradition against the advice of a Tennessee judge, who suggested there was insufficient evidence for probable cause for the extradition.