Man charged with killing his wife last week had been on death row 25 years ago

4:34 AM, Sep 18, 2012   |    comments
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(Charlotte, NC) -- A man charged with killing his wife in North Carolina had been freed from Florida's death row more than 25 years ago after his conviction on rape and murder charges was overturned.

Joseph Green Brown was in a Mecklenburg County court Monday for a preliminary hearing. The judge ordered the 62-year-old Brown held without bond until a hearing on Sept. 26.

During the hearing, a daughter of 71-year-old Mamie Caldwell Brown shouted, "Oh, my God!"

Mamie Brown was found dead in her apartment last Thursday after police were asked to check on her. Joseph Brown was arrested late Friday at a hotel in Charleston, S.C.

Brown was convicted and sentenced to death for a 1973 rape and murder in Hillsborough County, Fla. His conviction was reversed in 1986 because of false testimony from a co-defendant.

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