Friday, 10 October 2008

Speaker recalls death row

Melendez today at APSU

Juan Melendez lived more than 17 years behind the bars of a Florida prison on death row for a crime he did not commit.

Melendez is the featured speaker of two forums today at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Gentry Auditorium of the Kimbrough Building on Austin Peay State University campus.

Melendez was exonerated and released from death row in 1973.

He will share his story of how he spent his time incarcerated and how forensic evidence eventually prompted his release.

The forums are free and open to the public.

The event is hosted by Austin Peay's United Methodist Student Center - the Wesley Foundation and sponsored by the Tennessee Coalition to Abolish State Killing and the local Unitarian Universalist's Fellowship.

Ann Wallace covers education and religion. She can be reached at 245-0287 or by e-mail at

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