RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The man who served more than 50 years in prison for killing two North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers has died behind bars at the age of 90.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported (http://bit.ly/LGlgRQ) that Frank Wetzel died Saturday at Central Prison in Raleigh after living his last years in a state of dementia.
Wetzel was convicted of the 1957 murders of Troopers W.L. Reece and James T. Brown. Reece was killed near Ellerbe in Richmond County and Brown was shot near Sanford in Lee County.
Wetzel maintained his innocence, saying he was the victim of a law enforcement conspiracy. His supporters pointed to records that show Reece was fatally shot at 8 p.m. Between 15 and 20 minutes later, Brown was shot 47 miles away.
Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com
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