Sat. Jan 25th, 2020



He was innocent, but spent 12 years on death row in Illinois for a 1986 double murder. Eventually exonerated – Randy Steidl is now on a crusade to ban capital punishment. Over the next three nights he will speak in Pikeville, Prestonsburg and Whitesburg. Three days in Kentucky, where execution is still legal, after 17 years – three months – and three weeks – behind bars, wrongfully convicted by a system he says is “severely broken.”

Steidl says he had an alibi and there was no D-N-A evidence against him. He blames an attorney he labeled “worthless,” alleged witnesses who he says “framed him” and shaddy police work. In 2011, seven years after he was freed, his home state abolished capital punishment. Now Steidl travels the country as a key voice in the Witness to Innocence project – where death row survivors push for abolition. Details about his trip to Kentucky are available at A-C-L-U dash KY dot org.
There have been 156 people exonerated from death row since 1973 in the U-S, including Larry Osborne in Kentucky. Granted a new trial by the Kentucky Supreme Court, he was found not guilty. A recent poll found that more than 70-percent of Kentuckians are concerned about the possibility of killing an innocent person. Steidl makes this case for a different maximum sentence.

Steidl says that eliminates the risk of killing an innocent person and it saves taxpayer dollars.

There are 32 men and one woman awaiting execution in Kentucky – including several who were sentenced to death in the early 1980s.