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Ray Krone shared his story of being freed from death row with 350 Kentuckians

Ray Krone was the 98th death row inmate in the United States later to be exonerated.

Ray Krone was the 98th death row inmate in the United States later to be exonerated.

KCADP thanks everyone who helped plan and carry out a tremendous Witness to Innocence tour with Ray Krone. Our deepest thanks to Ray who visited four venues and met with the editorial board of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Around 350 persons turned out to hear his compelling story of abuse at the hands of the Arizona justice system: three years on death row, seven more in prison before finally being released because he was the wrong man. Fortunately, the right man is still in prison after copping a plea and not getting the death penalty.

On evaluations turned in at the end of each speaking event, many of those who said they were either supporters of the death penalty or undecided indicated they now believed this punishment should be abolished. Persons who indicated they want to work to abolish the death penalty in Kentucky and needed more information will be added to our eNews list.

Again, thanks to everyone for their help. A portion of the funding to bring Ray here came from a grant from the Tides Foundation and KCADP is grateful for their support and that of others who donated.

Thanks to Ramona Waldman who produced this video of Ray’s talk at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

For photos of Ray’s visit, check out this Flickr album.

Photo: Courtesy Witness to Innocence

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