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Anthony Ray Hinton Spent Almost 30 Years on Death Row. Now He Has a Message for White America.

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Anthony Ray Hinton was mowing the lawn at his mother's house in 1985 when Alabama police came to arrest him for 2 murders he did not commit. One took place when he was working the night shift at a Birmingham warehouse. Yet the state won a death sentence, based on 2 bullets it falsely claimed matched a gun found at his mother's home. In his powerful new memoir, "The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row," Hinton describes how racism and a system stacked against the poor were the driving forces behind his conviction. He also writes about the unique and unexpected bonds that can form on death row, and in particular about his relationship with Henry Hays, a former Klansman sentenced to death for a notorious lynching in 1981. Hays died in the electric chair in 1997 - 1 of 54 people executed in Alabama while Hinton was on death row.
After almost 30 years, Hinton was finally exonerated in 2015, thanks to the Equal Justice Initiative, or EJI. On April 27…

Georgia set to execute oldest inmate on state's death row

Brandon Jones
Brandon Jones
ATLANTA — Prison officials are getting ready to execute the state’s oldest inmate currently on death row. Some are calling his decades in jail an affront on the justice system.

Brandon Jones was sentenced to death in 1979 for the killing of convenience store manager Roger Tackett.

At 72, he is the oldest inmate in the history of Georgia’s death row.

Jones’ first death sentence vacated in 1989. After decades of appeals, he is now set to be executed on Tuesday.

The son of Jones' co-defendant, Van Roosevelt Solomon, sat down with Channel 2’s Carl Willis to talk about the execution.

Zuberi Solomon’s father received a much swifter punishment, being executed back in 1985 for the murder of Tackett.

"It's going to bring a closure in a chapter in a sense that the person who did this finally gets his justice," Solomon said.

Solomon believes Jones was the ringleader in the crime and led his father down a path of destruction.

"How is a murderer still living when my father did what he's supposed to do?" Solomon said to Willis.

Jones' lawyers are not done yet. They say his execution would be, "unconstitutionally disproportionate and excessive," saying a murder during a business robbery is no longer the worst of the worst crimes.

"It stays with you forever."

The former district attorney who responded to the crime scene in 1979 disagrees.

"This was a very cold and brutal killing," said former Cobb County District Attorney Tom Charron. "I just believe in the punishment that the jury found after a fair trial"

Investigators say Tackett went back to the gas station that night to close up and do some paperwork so he could spend Father's Day with his daughter.

That's when they say Jones and Solomon beat, robbed and murdered him, leaving his daughter fatherless. She was just 8 years old at the time.

"To look in her face after all these years and say there may be some finality to it, it means the world," Charron said.

"It's long overdue. It's time for him to make his peace," said Solomon.

Source: wsb-tv, January 29, 2016

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Anthony Ray Hinton Spent Almost 30 Years on Death Row. Now He Has a Message for White America.