The case of a black man who may be trapped in prison on false murder charges is about to reach the Supreme Court.
Kevin Keith was convicted of killing two women and a 4-year-old girl in northern Ohio in 1994. But the verdict, and death penalty recommendation by the jury, came despite what his defense team claims to be a complete lack of physical evidence, and having at least four witnesses who attest to Keith’s whereabouts as being more than 30 minutes away from the crime scene at the time.
In 2010, then-Gov. Ted Strickland was so unsure about the evidence, and troubled by failure to investigate other suspects, he commuted Keith's sentence to life without parole. On Thursday, May 24, the U.S. Supreme Court will discuss whether to grant Keith, now 54, a new trial based on evidence never heard by a jury.
A powerful multi-part limited documentary series, “Proving Innocence: Kevin Keith vs. The State of Ohio,” examines the alarming new evidence. It comes from Emmy award winning producers (Tent City Productions/ Fremantle Media) Lori Rothschild Ansaldi and Lisa Bourgoujian and up and coming producer Franco Porporino Jr., producer Sal Vasquez.
The documentary follows Keith’s brother, Charles, who has dedicated his entire life to proving Keith’s innocence. Charles has spent years educating himself on the judicial system and uncovering the truths behind what really happened.
“I didn’t set out to prove his innocence,” Charles reveals during the documentary. “I just had to find out for myself how could they have found and shown my brother was guilty?"
In 2010, only thirteen days before his impending execution, new evidence found by Charles and Public Defender Rachel Troutman, presented to Strickland, convinced him to grant the clemency.
Since then, Charles has learned that there is even more shocking evidence that he believes will get his brother’s murder conviction overturned.
“They thought that by convicting Kevin, and giving him the death penalty, the story would go away. They never though that anybody would find out the truth. They didn’t count on me,” Charles triumphantly declares. “I won’t stop until the truth comes out.”
To learn more about Kevin Keith and the documentary, visit www.justiceforkevinkeith.org
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