'Norfolk Four' to ask Va. governor to declare them innocent

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two former sailors whose rape and murder convictions were tossed by a federal judge plan to ask Virginia's governor to declare that they are innocent.

U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. overturned the convictions of Danial Williams and Joseph Dick on Monday. Williams and Dick are two of the so-called Norfolk Four - ex-sailors who have long claimed that police coerced them into falsely confessing.

Don Salzman is an attorney for Williams. He says the four men will now seek full exonerations from Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

The two other members are Derek Tice and Eric Wilson. Tice had his conviction overturned in 2009. Wilson, who was convicted only of the rape, has been unable to persuade courts to do the same because he already completed his sentence.


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