Death row exoneree Curtis McCarty will speak Nov. 18 on the campus of Chadron State College, recounting his two decades on Oklahoma’s death row for a crime he didn’t commit.
The presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Bordeaux/Lakota rooms in the CSC Student Center. He is speaking in five other Nebraska communities prior to coming to Chadron. He will speak in Valentine the following day.
Curtis was convicted twice and sentenced to death three times based on prosecutorial misconduct and bad forensics, according to the Nebraskans for Alternative to the Death Penalty website.
Narrowly escaping an execution, it was only a lucky break that allowed Curtis to prove his actual innocence.
Since his exoneration in 2007, Curtis has become an internationally-recognized speaker, describing his troubled youth, the way police targeted him for a murder after they’d run into a year of dead ends, and how DNA eventually proved his innocence.
Curtis brings the listener along into the violence and desperation of life on death row.
The website for the organization sponsoring McCarty’s presentation is www.nadp.net.
—CSC Information Services