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

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…

Oklahoma: Dustin Melvin Davison sentenced to death for fatally beating his ex-girlfriend's two-year-old son

Kreedin Paul Brooks
He originally gave police dozens of different stories as to how the boy became injured including telling them it happened during a pillow fight. However he did at one point confess to slamming the toddler's head on the floor.

A man in Oklahoma has been sentenced to death for beating his ex-girlfriend's two-year-old son to death while babysitting in 2015.

Dustin Melvin Davison, 25, was sentenced Thursday in the killing of Kreedin Paul Brooks. The death sentence decision was decided on the grounds that the murder was especially heinous, atrocious or cruel.

The jury also decided that Davison would be a continued threat to society, according to NewsOk.

Davison agreed to babysit his ex girlfriend, Jennifer Young's baby despite their breakup. Prosecutors argued he beat the baby to death in a rage over his ex moving on and dating again.

The beating happened May 18, 2015 inside the Bethany apartment Davison shared with Young.

The injuries to little Brooks were extensive. He had a skull fracture, brain bleeding, a broken jawbone and 49 bruises below the neck.

Davison's story as to how the child died varied after his arrest. He gave dozens of accounts as to how the boy became injured.

In one of his explanations he told police the boy was injured in a pillow fight. In another he said the boy fell off a second story balcony.

Dustin Melvin DavisonFinally at one point, he confessed to slamming the toddler's head on a floor. 

Defense attorneys contended Davison's actions were 'out of the blue.' During the trial, defense attorneys also requested Davison's competency be reviewed. They argued that the death penalty was "inappropriate" for the case, saying Davison wasn't in the right state of mind.

They even argued that 'Mr. Davison asserts that he has had discussions with God and deceased family members recently.' The judge denied the requests for a review of his competency.

The boy's mother was unable to attend Davison's sentencing.

Appeals are automatic, so he likely won't have his sentence carried out for years to come. 

Source: MailOnline, April 6, 2018

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