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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Ron Keine

Along with three other co-defendants, Ron Keine was convicted of the kidnapping and murder of the student William Velten 1974. He was sentenced to death in New Mexico.

In the fall of 1975, Kerry Lee – the real killer of William Velten – had a religious epiphany and turned himself in for the murder. Despite his confession, thorough knowledge of the details of the crime, and an accurate hand-drawn map of where the body had been hidden, the district attorney maintained that Lee’s story was not believable and no charges were filed against him. Keine and the others did win a new trial hearing, however, and the information Lee provided, plus the recovery of the murder weapon, finally resulted in the granting of a new trial.

The new trial was never held. In December of 1975, Judge Philip Biaimonte quashed the murder indictments, having concluded that ballistics tests definitively linked the murder weapon to the confessed killer, who was tried and convicted in 1978. Ron Keine and the other three men were exonerated and set free.

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