by Leslee Kulba
Wild West blogger
I forgot to provide an update on an earlier post. It contained a synopsis of the Mountain Xpress’ coverage of the Buncombe County Commissioners’ vote as they came out of closed session a week ago. The reporter gave the impression there was something stinko about the way former Sheriff Bobby Medford had handled the cases of five former prisoners, and that much is probably true. The rest of the story is the five, who will be receiving whatever the lawyers leave from a $7 million settlement with Buncombe County taxpayers, were guilty of breaking and entering into a home, and one of them did shoot and kill the man of the house. They all pled guilty, but an organization, known as the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, found fault with the interrogation methods and demanded $17 million in damages for the former prisoners.