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Thursday, May 28, 2020

10-05 The Charlotte Observer

Relatives of the slain try to end executions

Relatives of murder victims, including the son of the doctor made famous by the TV series "The Fugitive," will be coming to Charlotte this weekend to speak out against capital punishment.
They will be coming with "Journey of Hope," a group of more than 2 dozen relatives of murder victims who travel the country calling for an end to the death penalty. Sam Sheppard, son of the late Dr. Sam Sheppard - the doctor who fought to prove he didn't kill his wife in 1954 - will be among them in Charlotte.
Sponsored locally by Mecklenburg Ministries and the Charlotte Coalition for a Moratorium Now, the group will hold meetings around the city through Wednesday and across the state through Oct. 21.
The Rev. Andy Baxter, head of Mecklenburg Ministries, said he hopes the speakers can show that executing murderers doesn't bring healing for the victims' loved ones.
The events will begin at 8 p.m. today with a kickoff concert featuring Charlie King and Karen Brandow at the Neighborhood Theater, 511 E. 36th St. For details on other programs, call (704) 347-2404.