Credit: Edwin Tse
By: Lily Hughes
The New Abolitionist
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Florida death row survivor Dave Keaton died this past week at the age of 63. Dave was the first death row prisoner to be exonerated in the U.S.
Dave was part of a group of young men known as the Quincy Five, a group of young black men accused of murder of an off-duty police officer and robbery of a Tallahassee convenience store. The young men were all convicted based on false eyewitness testimony and coerced confessions.
Dave was the first of the group to be convicted, by an all-white jury, based solely on a confession that was obtained by the use of beatings, threats and lies.