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‘I Wish It Would’ve Happened Sooner’: Black Man Wrongly Convicted of Murdering White Man Gets Record Wiped Clean 73 Years Later

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A Black Georgia man sentenced to death three times for a murder he did not commit is finally getting his record wiped clean.Some 73 years after Clarence Henderson was wrongly convicted, his charges were dismissed.“I wish it would’ve happened sooner,” Clarence Henderson’s great-grandson Brandon Henderson told WAGA this week. Clarence Henderson’s life took a turn for the worse on Oct. 31, 1948, in Carroll County, Georgia, roughly 45 miles west of Atlanta.According to court records, a white couple, Carl “Buddy” Stevens and Nan Turner were on a date that evening. While out, a masked man abducted them both and attempted to rape Turner. Stevens fought the masked man off so Turner could escape, but Stevens was shot amid the fray.Turner reportedly told police the masked man “sounded like he was Black” without any detailed description. Police started searching for Black men they believed to be Stevens’ killer.