“Prison changed me. You build a wall to keep people out and it’s hard to break down.”
David Keaton the first man to be exonerated from death row in the modern-age era (1973-present).
Keaton and 4 others (Quincy five) were convicted and sentenced to death in Florida in 1971 for the murder of an off-duty police officer. His conviction was based off of a forced confession and false eyewitness testimony. In 1973, the actual perpetrator was discovered because of new evidence, causing Keaton to be exonerated.
In 2003, Keaton became a founding member of “Witness to Innocence”, an organization of death row exonerees who share their stories to educate the public about death penalty. Keaton sadly passed away at the age of 63 in 2015.