State Rep. Mark Pody told The Wilson Post on Tuesday that a "big hurdle" was passed in his quest to exonerate a Wilson County man who was falsely convicted and spent 31 years in prison.
Legislation that would enable Lawrence McKinney, who was cleared through DNA evidence, to be exonerated passed subcommittee on Tuesday.
Pody said he now has to get fifty-percent of votes to take it to full committee. A few leaders who helped unanimously pass the bill in subcommittee, said they would not vote for it in full committee. Pody's mission is to secure those votes.
"Somebody has to fight for him," Pody said of the man who inspired this bill.
McKinney was in his early twenties in 1978 - when he was convicted on charges of rape and burglary. He was sentenced to over 100 years behind bars for a crime that he did not commit.
McKinney was arrested on Oct. 7, 1977 in Memphis after a neighbor was raped by multiple men.
In 2008, DNA testing, which was not available back when McKinney was charged, proved him innocent.