Monday, 12 October 2009

Death penalty opponents tour Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A man who spent 13 years on death row only to be exonerated hours before his scheduled execution is sharing his story.

Shabaka WaQlimi will speak against the death penalty in Virginia as part of a statewide tour this week. He was convicted of rape and murder based on the testimony of a man who later admitted he lied.

Members of Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and Witness to Innocence are making stops in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Harrisonburg, Arlington and Winchester.

Besides WaQlimi's story, Beth Panilaitis will discuss Virginia's death penalty laws. She is the executive director of Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

Both speakers will answer questions afterward.

The events are free and open to the public.


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