Was it a case of mistaken identity or blatant racism that robbed a young Darron Carmon of eight years of his life nearly 30 years ago?

One phone call on a Saturday evening in 1993 changed the life of an innocent Black 19-year-old college student forever. Robert Thompson, a local convenience store clerk in Winterville, North Carolina, called the police to report that he’d just been robbed. He claimed an anxious young Black man in a hoodie held him at gunpoint, demanded money, and stole $281. The following morning, Carmon, who had a clean record and came from a family of pastors, was arrested by police officers as the main suspect in the robbery.