Friday, January 13, 2006

Executed Man's Guilt Reaffirmed

From The Washington Post:

DNA tests [have] confirmed the guilt of a Virginia man who had proclaimed his innocence in a slaying and rape even as he was strapped into the state's electric chair in 1992.

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Coleman, a coal miner from the small Appalachian town of Grundy, drew nationwide attention when he proclaimed his innocence in a series of newspaper and television interviews in the months before his death. After he was strapped into the electric chair on May 20, 1992 he declared: "An innocent man is going to be murdered tonight."

Coleman was convicted and sentenced to death in the 1981 rape and stabbing of his sister-in-law, 19-year-old Wanda McCoy.

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Coleman said he had an alibi and would not have had time to commit the killing. Defense attorneys also have gathered affidavits from people who said another man boasted of killing McCoy. Time magazine featured his case in a cover story titled "Must This Man Die?"

I'll trust a jury over Time magazine any day.

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4 comments:

JJH said...

With apologies to WFB, I'll trust the first 9 names in the local phone book over Time magazine.

Paul said...

What if the jury was made of up reports/editors for Time magazine?

JJH said...

Reports can't be on juries. ;)

Nick said...

It doesn't sound like a jury made up of Time staff could possibly be worse than that magazine itself.