RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A hearing is set to open Monday for a North Carolina man who has insisted for more than 20 years that he's innocent in the beating death of an elderly man.

A three-judge panel that is part of North Carolina's innocence process will hear the case of Robert Bragg, who's serving a sentence of life without parole in the December 1994 slaying of Coy Hartley. One of the main witnesses against Bragg was 10 years when he testified and has since recanted his testimony. If the judges agree that Bragg is innocent, he would be released from prison, where he has now spent 21 years behind bars.

The hearing will be held in Watauga County, where the 76-year-old victim was killed in his mobile home.