The man pictured to the left is Ray Krone. Ray was convicted of raping and murdering Kim Ancona in Phoenix, Arizona in 1992. Now, nearly 20 years later and after a second false conviction, Ray again walks free in York County, PA, where he grew up. With all charges against him dismissed, Ray’s case exemplifies many of the reasons why I am opposed to the death penalty in all cases.
Ray’s story is a textbook example of some of the problems with our capital punishment system. From prosecutorial misconduct through ineffective assistance of counsel, and beyond, the end result was that Ray Krone was forced to spend 10 years of his life in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Prison time is never easy, but life on death row is a special form of hell and Ray spend XX years there.
April 24, 2012 is the 10-year anniversary of the day all of Ray’s charges were dismissed. In honor of Ray, I will be posting a series of blog entries that highlight the issues relating to both Ray’s case and many other death penalty cases. They will also illustrate a flawed death penalty ; a system which must be dismantled.