What Would YOU Do?
If someone killed a person you love?
If you were accused and convicted of a crime you did not commit?
YOU are invited to hear two extraordinary individuals share their harrowing experiences and their path to redemption, forgiveness and healing.
Kirk Bloodsworth was wrongly convicted and sentenced to death in Maryland for a crime he had nothing to do with. An honorably discharged Marine and lifelong Waterman on the Chesapeake Bay, in 1993 he became the first person exonerated and freed from death row in the United States using DNA technology. "If this can happen to me it can happen to anyone," Bloodworth often says.
Bonnita's husband Michael was killed in a convenience store robbery in March 1994. His murder left Bonnita and their four sons to navigate the system and get the help they needed to survive. "All of us were devestated," says Bonnita, "and my faith and family and friends were a tremendous support. I believe in forgiveness and redemption. Not all victims' families seek death."
The Maryland legislature is considering a bill to repeal the death penalty and is also looking at ways to better meet the needs of murder victims family members in our communities. St. Mark's on the Hill Episcopal Church and Maryland Citizens Against State Executions (CASE) are pleased to present these powerful Voices of Experience and invite you to learn more about the issues now before our policy makers in Annapolis.