Joseph Green Brown, who also went by the name Shabaka Sundiata Waqlimi, is seen in this Youtube screengrab from a clip of him speaking to students about his time in prison and his exoneration. (Youtube)
A North Carolina man who dodged a death sentence for a 1973 rape and murder is accused of murdering his wife last week.
Joseph Green Brown, 62, is being held for the first-degree murder of Mamie Caldwell Brown, 71, WSOC TV reports.
Brown's wife of 20 years was found dead in her Charlotte, N.C., apartment on Thursday.
Brown was a death row inmate in Florida after he was convicted in 1974 of raping and murdering a shop owner in Tampa. A judge reversed Brown's conviction in 1986 just 15 hours before he was scheduled to be executed, according to the Center on Wrongful Convictions. The state subsequently dropped all charges and released him.
Brown, who also went by the name Shabaka Sundiata Waqlimi, went on to be a motivational speaker. A video on YouTube shows him speaking to students about his time in prison and his exoneration.
"We were taught at a young age that life was sacred," he says. "I'm not against capital punishment, I'm not for capital punishment, I'm against killing."