Death Row exoneree shares his story

Cheyenne, Wyo. (KGWN) - Wyoming residents have been discussing House Bill 145...a proposal to end the death penalty in Wyoming. It passed on third reading in the House at the beginning of February.

Death Row exoneree Gary Drinkard invited residents to hear his story and why he believes that the death penalty should be abolished.

Drinkard was exonerated in 2001 after spending almost six years on Alabama's Death Row. In 1995, he was sentenced to death for robbing and murdering a 65-year-old automotive junk dealer in Alabama.

According to Drinkard, at the time of the murder, he was at home recovering from a debilitating injury.

In 2000, the Alabama Supreme Court ordered a new trial and Drinkard won an acquittal the following year.

This man believes that life in prison is a more severe punishment than ultimately being executed; however, supporters of the death penalty say that they see it as an effective deterrent.

The League of Women Voters of Wyoming, ACLU of Wyoming, and Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne hosted Drinkard at Highlands Presbyterian Church so that residents could hear his story.

At the end, it was announced that the Senate hearing will take place Wednesday, February 13, at noon at the Jonah and will be open to public comment.