State v. Hardy
Prior to joining Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, Jake Sussman and Mark Kleinschmidt, along with attorney Henderson Hill, successfully represented Melvin Jay Hardy, Jr., in state post-conviction proceedings. Mr. Hardy had been on death row following two separate murders in Mecklenburg County in 1995 and 1997. Following a four-day evidentiary hearing in 2005, Mr. Hardy’s death sentence was vacated. The North Carolina Supreme Court subsequently upheld the lower court’s decision and Mr. Hardy was taken off of North Carolina’s death row.