After Innocence: Exoneration in America, Day 1.
After Innocence: Exoneration in America, Day 1
Guests include Gloria Killian, released after discovery of evidence suppression. Ray Towler, exonerated by DNA evidence. Brian Banks, exonerated and signed with football’s Atlanta Falcons. John Thompson, freed after prosecutor’s deathbed admission of suppression of evidence.
Gloria Killian was a a 35 year old law school student in the 1980’s when she was convicted of murder and sentenced to 32 years to life in prison. Gloria claimed her innocence from the outset. After 17 and a half years her conviction was overturned.
In 1981, Ray, an Army veteran and aspiring musician was charged with kidnapping, rape and felonious assault. He was accused of attacking a 12 year old boy and 11 year old girl. Ray could have received a lighter sentence if he pled guilty but he refused and was sentenced to life in prison plus 12-40 years. He was released on DNA evidence in 2010 after spending 28 years in prison.
John Thompson lived 14 years of his life on death row an innocent man. He watched 12 other men leave and never come back. Wrongfully convicted of murder, he was exonerated just before his final execution date.
Earlier this year football linebacker Brian Banks was signed by the Atlanta Falcons months after his rape conviction was overturned by Los Angeles County prosecutors.