First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Wants to Kill the Death Penalty

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First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Wants to Kill the Death Penalty

In a forthcoming documentary, Kirk Bloodsworth fights to keep innocent people from being sentenced to death.

September 18, 2014
When he was 22, Kirk Bloodsworth was sentenced to death for the murder of a nine-year-old girl. The case against him relied solely on one person’s eyewitness testimony; no physical evidence linked him to the scene. After he spent eight years in prison, Bloodsworth was exonerated in 1993 through “genetic fingerprinting.” It was the first time DNA evidence led to a reversal of a death row conviction.

“The Supreme Court has told us that factual innocence is no reason to stop a death sentence properly rendered. I’ll be damned, and so shall the death penalty this year,” Bloodsworth says in a trailer for the forthcoming documentary Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man, which centers on…

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