Witness to Innocence’s Kirk Bloodsworth at St. Matthew’s

kirkBloodsworthWitnessToInnoc In 1984 Kirk Bloodsworthwas arrested for the rape and murder of 9-yr.-old Dawn Hamilton, and tried and sentenced to death in Baltimore County, Maryland, in 1985. In 1992, he read about a new forensic breakthrough called DNA fingerprinting, and lobbied successfully for prosecutors’ approval for its use.The tests incontrovertibly established Kirk’s innocence, and he was released in June 1993.

Kirk is now dedicated to ending the death penalty in the U. S. He helped get the death penalty abolished in of Maryland in 2013.

On Tues. Oct. 27, Kirk Bloodsworth spoke at St. Matthew’s. His discussion traced the moral, spiritual and financial repercussions of the death penalty, and provided a frightening look at our adversarial-style justice system — where truth is often the first victim.

Follow the work of Kirk and Witness to Innocence.

To learn more about how you can play a role in abolishing the death penalty in Kentucky, visit the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking”, will be in Louisville on Nov. 11 at Bellarmine University. You can learn more about her visit on the KCADP website.

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