Tim McKinney walks free after over a decade on death row

Credit: Wendy Ocheltree
Timothy McKinney is reunited with his family today.
By: Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wonderful news! Tim McKinney who has spent 15 years on death row walked out of jail today and into the arms of his waiting family. As Lee Wengraf, an activist who fought hard to try to win Tim his freedom, wrote: “Tim McKinney will be home with his family today. This has been a long struggle and even though he deserves to be exonerated outright,  this is a victory against the Tennessee Courts who wanted to execute him.”

Watch this morning's DemocracyNow! interview with CEDP board member and Nation editor Liliana Segura about Tim's struggle for freedom.

Let's welcome Tim home!

We are compiling messages for Tim, so send any good wishes to marlene@nodeathpenalty.org, and they will be passed along.

Tim, as people might know from reading the New Abolitionist,  is an incredible artist who has created amazing paintings.  His pen pal and activist friend, Katherine Smith has helped to show his art work while he was incarcerated. 

All of us in The Campaign to End the Death Penalty are so happy Tim has been freed, and we will do what we can to welcome him home!

Timothy McKinney pleads to a lessor charge
Posted: May 21, 2013 12:42 PM EST Updated: May 21, 2013 12:42 PM EST 
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) - 

After fifteen years in prison, Timothy McKinney will be released from prison later this afternoon.

Timothy McKinney was accused and convicted of fatally shooting Memphis policeman Don Williams in 1999 but it was later overturned and was granted a new trial.  Two more trials would follow and end in hung jury's.  

Rather than push for a forth trial, prosecutors agreed to credit McKinney for time served in exchange for McKinney agreeing to a lessor charge, second degree murder.  

This plea stops short of an Alford Plea, where a defendant does not admit the act and asserts innocence. Under the Alford plea, the defendant admits that sufficient evidence exists with which the prosecution could likely convince a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. 

The Board of Prison's will release McKinney sometime this afternoon to his family.

Read more: http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/story/22311941/timothy-mckinney-pleads-to-a-lessor-charge#ixzz2Twntkk00