Exonerated Death Row Survivors Wants Meeting with Governor

Two dozen death penalty opponents gathered at the state capitol.

"We do not gather to excuse the crime."

10 year old Christine McGowan was found strangled in her bed. Florida executed Elmer Carroll.

"I am number 24. Seth Penalver. Exonerated last year in the state of Florida.'

In the crowd of opponents, two of the twenty four men Florida has sentenced to death and then released because they were later found to be innocent.

"There are more innocent people on death row. It's not something new. It's ongoing," said Mark Elliott.

The two exonerees wanted to tell their story to Governor Rick Scott. They hope to convince him not to sign legislation designed to speed up executions.

"I have a letter here from over 40 exonerees from death row from across the United States of America," said Sean Penalver.

The goal of legislation being sent to the Governor is to cut the time on death row from 13 to 10 years. But eight of the people who have been exonerated were there more than a decade.

While the two exonerated men waited for a meeting, they questioned the state's track record. Wednesday's execution was the 76th in recent years. Penalver was the 24th innocent released from death row.

"For everyone, for every three executed you have one innocent. We have a problem here," said Penalver.

Rick Scott was out of town. Two more executions are set for June.

Meanwhile, a 27-Year-old Tampa death penalty opponent is walking Florida.

Kurt Wadsworth Jr. says he will walk 2,000 in his effort to convince Rick Scott not to sign legislation speeding up the death penalty.

The Death Penalty opponent says people have been reaching out since he began his walk a week ago.

"Instead of waiting for the right political moment, or waiting for the right politician, or waiting for the right piece of legislation. I have two feet and I get up and I start walking and start talking to people. As I'm walking down the street, there are people pulling over to thank me. They bring food, sometimes they bring ice cream. I've never seen such outpouring of support," said Wadsworth Jr.

Wadsworth began his walk in Pensacola, traveled by car to Tallahassee to take part in a protest of the death penalty, and is being driven back to the Panhandle so he can resume his 2,000 mile walk.


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