My name is Ray Krone and I was the 100th person exonerated from death row where I spent three years for a crime I didn't commit. AMA!
My short bio: My name is Ray Krone. I'm the Director of Membership and Training for Witness to Innocence. Before my exoneration in 2002, I spent more than 10 years in Arizona prisons, including nearly three years on death row, for a murder I did not commit. My world was turned upside down in 1991, when Kim Ancona was murdered in a Phoenix bar where I was an occasional customer, and I was arrested for the crime. The case against me was based largely on circumstantial evidence and the testimony of a supposedly “expert” witness, later discredited, who claimed bite marks found on the victim matched my teeth. I was sentenced to death in 1992. But I refused to give up my fight for exoneration. In 2002, with the help of attorney Alan Simpson, he convinced an appeals court that DNA found at the murder scene indicated the guilt of another man, Kenneth Phillips. When prosecutors dropped the charges that April, I became the 100th person exonerated from death row in the United States since 1973. I now live with my partner Cheryl Naill in Tennessee, and have devoted my life to improving the criminal justice system that failed me. I would not trust the state to execute a person for committing a crime against another person. I know how the system works. It’s not about justice or fairness or equality. Any chance I can, whether I start with one or two people or a whole auditorium filled with people, I’ll tell them what happened to me. Because if it happened to me, it can happen to anyone.
Side Note: I want to let you all know that I'm here doing this AMA to tell you about a project I strongly believe in called Final Words. It's a book project on Indiegogo that features the final statements from the 517 executed prisoners on Texas Death Row. I think it brings a much needed humanity to the debate on the death penalty. I can tell you from first hand experience that they really are humans on death row. Check out the project at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/final-words--2/x/7633482