On Tuesday over 80 people, students and community members alike, gathered at the Ecumenical Campus Ministries at the University of Kansas to hear the heart wrenching story of Darryl Hunt, who was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1984.
During the event, a documentary, “The Trials of Darryl Hunt,” was shown, explaining the series of legal errors and neglect which led to Hunt’s imprisonment for over 2 decades. In 1984, an all-white jury convicted Hunt, a black man, of a the murder of a white copy editor of the Winston-Salem paper. Hunt maintained his innocence for decades and was only released after the real killer confessed; a full decade after DNA evidence had exonerated him.
Darryl Hunt and Imam Khalid Griggs, who helped start the Darryl Hunt Defense Fund were present to answer questions and discuss race and justice issues with the crowd. Hunt and Griggs noted that had the death penalty been Hunt’s punishment, he would not have made it long enough to prove his innocence.
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