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By Darryl A. Burton
Editor’s Note: Darryl A. Burton was a presenter on August 12, 2010, in
Toronto at NACDL’s Annual Meeting. He served 24 years in a Missouri
prison for a crime he did not commit. Read more about him at www.dabex.org.
Search for the Truth
I give thanks to Jesus Christ. I was not always a believer, but after
what I experienced behind bars for almost a quarter of a century, and
coming out of a place that can only be described as hell on earth, it
would be foolish for me not to be a believer today. Thanks for allowing
me to explain what happened to me in St. Louis in 1984.
A man stood by his car pumping gas one night, and another man approached
him and killed him. Three people gave a description to the police of
the man who did it. They said the man stood five feet five inches or
five feet six inches tall, and was medium to light skinned. I am five
feet nine inches to five feet 10 inches tall, and as you can see, I am a
very dark man.
Family members of the victim i
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