Death Row Exoneree to Share Experience at Zoom Live Event / Public Information Service
LARAMIE, Wyo. – On Tuesday, the people of Wyoming will have the chance to hear firsthand how Ron Keine was nearly executed for a crime he did not commit.
Keine is one of four men convicted – wrongly – of the kidnapping, rape and murder of a student in New Mexico in 1974.
Kylie Taylor heads the Wyoming chapter of Conservatives concerned about the death penalty. She said it was important for people to hear Keine’s experience as an innocent man living on death row with his own voice.
“As long as we have the death penalty as law, the risk of executing an innocent person will always exist,” Taylor said. “And I think hearing Ron’s story will make that real to a lot of people.”
In July, Gov. Mark Gordon said he would consider a moratorium on the death penalty, in part because of the price tag – around $ 750,000 a year, even with no one on death row. Supporters of the death penalty have argued that it is an important crime deterrent and provides justice and closure for the families of victims.
Taylor said many studies have shown that the death penalty is not an effective deterrent. She said she can only imagine the pain and anger felt by the families, but pointed out that the families of the victims working to end the death penalty who reported that the lengthy process had failed. not produce a sense of justice or peace.
“And they said going through the trial and the appeal process and all that it puts on them is a continuous cycle of trauma,” she said.
Keine and his co-defendants were sentenced to death and were only exonerated after an investigation by The Detroit News found false testimony in key evidence. Keine, a longtime conservative Republican, is also expected to explain why he doesn’t trust the government with the power to execute its own citizens.
receive more stories like this by email