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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

10-02 Helena Aircom

Death penalty foes speaking in Helena Oct. 9-10

    Death row exonerees, family members of victims and offenders and other with personal stories about the death penalty will share their stories during several upcoming events in Helena, Oct. 9-10.
    During a camping trip in Montana, Marietta Jaeger Lane’s 7-year-old daughter, Susie, was kidnapped and later murdered.  Despite her family’s tragedy, she remains committed to her journey of forgiveness.
    Greg Wilhoit’s lawyer appeared in court drunk, threw up in the judge’s chambers, and put on no defense; consequently, Wilhoit was sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit.  In 1993 he began his journey as a free man, one of the 130 persons exonerated from death row in the U.S.
    These speakers are joined by others with personal stories about the death penalty for “Journey of Hope…from Violence to Healing,” a statewide speaking tour about the death penalty.
    The tour will appear in Helena 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 at St. Mary’s Catholic Community and at noon Friday, Oct. 10 at the Lewis & Clark Library.