Ray Krone

Ray KroneState of Conviction: Arizona

Race: White

Wrongful Conviction: Murder

Exonerated Date: 2002

Years Served: 10

I would not trust the state to execute a person for committing a crime against another person. I know how the system works. It’s not about justice or fairness or equality. Any chance I can, whether I start with one or two people or a whole auditorium filled with people, I’ll tell them what happened to me. Because if it happened to me, it can happen to anyone.

Ray Krone co-founded Witness to Innocence with Sister Helen Prejean, a national organization that empowers exonerated death row survivors. Before his exoneration in 2002, Ray spent more than 10 years in Arizona prisons, including nearly three years on death row, for a murder he did not commit. In 1991, Ray was arrested for murder. The case against him was based on circumstantial evidence and the testimony of a supposedly “expert” witness, later discredited, who claimed bite marks found on the victim matched Ray’s teeth. In 2002, he and his new attorney convinced an appeals court that DNA found at the murder scene indicated the guilt of another man, Kenneth Phillips. When prosecutors dropped the charges that April, Ray became the 100th person exonerated from death row in the United States since 1973.

Source: Witness to Innocence

Read more about Ray’s innocence here.