CT MURDER VICTIM’S MOTHER & FORMER DEATH ROW INMATE IN MIDDLETOWN TO URGE REPEAL OF DEATH PENALTY
Saturday, October 29th, 6pm, Shiloh Baptist Church
Juan Roberto Meléndez-Colón, who spent 17 years on Florida’s death row before being exonerated, and Victoria Coward of Connecticut whose son was murdered in 2007, will be sharing their tragic stories and calling for repeal of Connecticut’s death penalty this Saturday in Middletown.
Ms. Coward, whose 18-year old son Tyler was shot to death, will be representing a group of more than 100 murder victim family members in Connecticut who are opposed to capital punishment.
“The death penalty is given in less than 1-percent of cases yet it sucks up millions of dollars that could be put toward crime prevention or victims' services,” Coward said. “Services such as professional help for my grieving daughters to process the death of their brother.”
Mr. Meléndez-Colón is among the 138 death row inmates in the U.S. to be exonerated based on innocence since 1973. He was convicted and sentenced in 1984 even though there was no physical evidence of any kind. After 16 long years, a transcript was found of the taped confession of the real killer. It was later determined that the prosecutor had withheld evidence.
“We must get rid of the death penalty because no matter how hard you try to fix the law, it is a human law, it is made and administered by humans and humans make mistakes,” Meléndez-Colón said. “Sooner or later a mistake will be made and an innocent person will be executed in Connecticut.”
When: Saturday, October 29th, 6:00pm
Where: Shiloh Baptist Church, 322 Butternut Street
Contact: Ben Jones, CNADP Executive Director