Families of exonerees to speak Friday in Oklahoma City


Family members of two men exonerated from Oklahoma's death row — and relatives of the murder victim in another case – will speak at a press conference tomorrow in Oklahoma City about how a wrongful conviction affects the incarcerated person and many others around them.

In attendance will be Shirley and Joe McCarty, the parents of Curtis McCarty, who was released Friday after 21 years of wrongful incarceration – including 16 years on death row. The sister of Greg Wilhoit, who was freed from death row in 1993, will also speak, along with family members of Debra Sue Carter, who was murdered in Ada, Oklahoma in 1992. Ron Williamson and Dennis Fritz were wrongfully convicted of Carter's murder. Williamson spent 11 years on death row before DNA proved his innocence, Fritz spent 11 years in prison on a life sentence.

The press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday 5/18/2007 in the 4th floor press room of the State Captiol building in Oklahoma City. For more information on attending the press conference, email us at



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