Ron Keine, a former death row inmate who was wrongly convicted, will speak about his unique perspective on the death penalty at Centre College in Danville, Ky. tonight. His comments will be followed by a question-and-answer session and discussion about the legal ramifications and moral issues that surround capital punishment.
This special event takes place on 7-8p.m. at the Vahlkamp Theatre. Visit Google Maps for directions.
Ron, who lives outside of Detroit, is a strong leader in the anti-death penalty movement and is part of Witness to Innocence, an organization of exonerated death row inmates committed to telling their stories to educate the public about defects in the criminal justice system that put innocent people on the nation’s death rows.
Along with three co-defendants, Ron Keine was convicted of the kidnapping, murder and rape of University of New Mexico student William Velten in 1974. He was sentenced to death in New Mexico. A subsequent investigation by the Detroit News uncovered a bizarre campaign by prosecutors to coerce testimony from a motel maid named Judy Weyer. Click here to read more about Ron’s journey.
Photo: Courtesy Witness to Innocence