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Exonerated death row inmate to speak at Olivet College Nov. 12
Nov 04, 2008

Ray Krone, who is the 100th person to be exonerated from death row, will speak as part of Olivet Colleges Lecture and Symposium Series Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the colleges Mott Auditorium. His presentation is free and open to the public.

Krone was living a happy life as an Air Force veteran and mailman in Arizona when, in 1991, his world was turned upside down after being arrested for the murder of a woman named Kim Ancona. Innocent of the crime, Krone refused to believe that the U.S. legal system would convict him. When faced with the choice of selling his house to pay for a lawyer, he opted to be represented by a public defender instead. But Krone, who was a customer of the Phoenix bar in which Ancona was murdered, was convicted on circumstantial evidence and the testimony of an expert witness who asserted that bite marks found on Ancona matched Krones teeth. In 1992, he was sentenced to death.

In 1994, after two years and eight months on death row, Krone was granted a retrial, convicted again, and sentenced to 46 years in prison. In 2002, attorney Alan Simpson was able to convince an appeals court that DNA found at the murder scene pointed to another man. When prosecutors dropped the charges that April, Krone became the 100th person exonerated from death row in the United States since 1973. He now serves as director of communications and training for Witness to Innocence, an organization that brings to light the crisis of wrongful convictions in death sentencing in the United States.

For more information, call (269) 749-7164.


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