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Death row exoneree shares his story in Louisville next week

Ron Keine spent two years on New Mexico's death row for a crime he didn't commit—since then New Mexico has abolished the death penalty. Ron will be speaking in Louisville next week.

Ron Keine spent two years on New Mexico's death row for a crime he didn't commit—since then New Mexico has abolished the death penalty. Ron will be speaking in Louisville next week.

Wrongfully convicted death row inmate Ron Keine will share his story at two public events in Louisville in January. Ron spent two years on New Mexico’s death row following a bizarre campaign by prosecutors to coerce testimony from a motel maid in connection with the murder of a New Mexico student.

Ron’s first appearance is 5 p.m. Sun., Jan. 30, at the Community Center of Church of Epiphany (914 Old Harrods Creek Road). His appearance is co-sponsored by the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (KCADP) and Church of Epiphany.

The second public event is at the University of Louisville on Mon., Jan. 31. His talk is scheduled at noon with a reception beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Chao Auditorium (lower level of the Ekstrom Library at 2301 S. 3rd St.). His presentation at U of L is sponsored by KCADP, the ACLU of Kentucky, and Students United for Peace and Justice.

Ron is part of a group of exonerees called Witness to Innocence. Its goal is to challenge the criminal justice system and change minds of people who think the ultimate punishment is meted out fairly. For additional information, contact KCADP Coordinator Kaye Gallagher at 502-636-1330.

Photo: Courtesy Ron Keine

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