Joseph Green Brown was given a second chance when his conviction was overturned shortly before he was to be executed. Brown was convicted of rape and murder and was on death row in Florida.
After being freed from serving time on death row, Brown is now being charged with murdering his wife in North Carolina.
On Monday, Brown appeared in court for a preliminary hearing on a charge of first-degree murder which he is facing for killing his wife, Mamie. Mamie was 71 years old.
Last week Thursday, police received a call to go and check on Mamie and found her dead in her Charlotte apartment. The police officers found her lying on the floor with apparent signs of trauma. The police pronounced her dead at the scene.
Brown was convicted of rape and murder, which he committed, in 1973, in Florida. Because of false testimony, in 1987, his conviction was reversed. He spent 13 years on death row and then, just 15 hours before his execution, the charges were dropped.
In 1997 America magazine interviewed Brown about the time he spent on death row.
Brown said, “Overall, it took me almost five years to decompress from the experience on death row. Some people couldn’t believe I was still alive.”