Most weekday mornings, Lewis James Little is in class. You'd never know it, but he has quite the story to tell. WRAL
DURHAM, N.C. -- Most weekday mornings, Lewis James Little is in class. You'd never know it, but he has quite the story to tell.
On June 20, 2013, Little and six others went to visit a childhood friend on Melbourne Street in Durham. Little found a guy laying on the ground, in the middle of the road. He wanted to call police, but his friend said no.
Little said. "I did it and suffered from it."
Twenty minutes after police arrived, he was handcuffed. Hours later he was booked and charged with burglary, kidnapping, conspiracy and assault with a deadly weapon. His bail was set at 1.4 Million dollars.
"I was accused of kicking a door down, smacking an old man, tying him up a lot of stuff," said Little.
Police said that night, three men including the one found dead in the street broke into a home on Melbourne. One of the homeowners identified Little as a suspect.
"Something happening like that to them I can kind of understand that maybe they would jump to conclusions," said Little.
Little sat in jail for one month. Then, he was told he was free to go. Court documents reveal that "a necessary witness... made a subsequent statement which significantly effects the identification of the defendant."
Little had been wrongly accused, but the damage was done. He says for proof just google his name.
"I feel ashamed about it because I don't want to be known as that. It's up there no taking it back," said Little.
Central Law professor Irving Joyner said there aren't many options for Little legally. A lawsuit against police will likely fail.
"The law is designed as to keep them from having to go into court to explain their every action," said Joyner.
While what happened angers little, he says he won't let that cloud his vision.