State of Conviction: New Mexico
Wrongful Conviction: Murder, Kidnapping, Rape
Exonerated Date: 1976
Years Served: 2
Now I know [the American justice system] is corrupt and broken. I don’t believe the government should kill people.
Ron Keine was one of four men convicted of the murder-rape of a college student in 1974. He and his co-defendants were sentenced to death, before an investigation by The Detroit News uncovered a campaign by prosecutors who coerced testimony from Judy Weyer. After prosecutors reneged on all their promises to Judy, she retracted her story in a set of taped newspaper interviews. The story broke in January 1975. Unbelievably, the judge refused to grant a new trial, and then the taped interviews with Judy mysteriously disappeared. Ron and his co-defendants remained on death row. Ron was finally released in 1976, after the murder weapon was traced to a law enforcement officer who admitted to the killing. Because of the corruption surrounding Ron’s case, the assistant prosecutor was disbarred and three sheriff detectives were fired because of their actions in the case.
Source: Witness to Innocence
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