EXONERATED DEATH ROW INMATE TO SPEAK IN ALLIANCE & CHADRON

Posted 9 months ago

By Kevin Horn

Curtis McCartyLINCOLN – Death Row inmate Curtis McCarty, who was exonerated, will speak in Alliance and Chadron in November, recounting his two decades on Oklahoma’s Death Row for a crime he didn’t commit.

In a news release offered by State Senator Al Davis of Hyannis, McCarty was convicted twice and sentenced to death = three times based on prosecutorial misconduct and bad forensics. Narrowly escaping an execution, it was only a lucky break that allowed McCarty to prove his actual innocence.

Since his exoneration in 2007, McCarty has become an internationally-recognized speaker, describing his troubled youth, the way police targeted him for a murder after they’d run into a year of dead ends, and how DNA eventually proved his innocence. Along the way, McCarty brings the listener into the violence and desperation of life on Death Row.

His appearances are sponsored by Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

McCarty will speak at the Alliance Learning Center on Monday, November 18, at 12 Noon.   You are invited to bring a sack lunch.   He also will speak at the Chadron State College, Student Center, Bordeaux/Lakota Room at 7 p.m, on Monday, November 18.

These public discussions of the death penalty system come at a time when the state is seriously considering abolishing state executions. LB543, a bill to repeal the death penalty, had enough legislative support to pass during the 2013 legislature. However, a filibuster prevented a floor vote on the bill. Supporters of the bill are hoping to garner enough votes to overcome a filibuster in 2014.

McCarty’s presentations are free and open to the public.