Newman University will present “A Matter of Innocence” by Kirk Bloodsworth at 7 p.m. on April 16 in the Performance Hall of the De Mattias Fine Arts Center. Bloodsworth was the first man ever exonerated from death row due to post-conviction DNA testing.
He was wrongly convicted in March of 1985 of sexual assault, rape, and first-degree premeditated murder of a 9 year old girl. After spending nearly a decade in prison for a crime he did not commit, he was found innocent and released in June of 1993. Bloodsworth is now the advocacy director for “Witness to Innocence,” a coalition of exonerated death row inmates who fight to abolish capital punishment in the United States.
More information about this event can be found at 316-942-4291, ext. 2199 or on the Gerber Institute website.
This article has been revised to reflect the following corrections: Correction: April 11, 2013 A previous version of this article did not state the time or the correct title of the event.