An Innocent Man Shares His Story of Life, from Death Row to Freedom

Feb. 16, 2015 -- Juan Melendez, who spent nearly 18 years on death row for a crime he did not commit, will be speaking about his remarkable story of injustice, survival and hope at the Montoya Campus on Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. in the J Building, Room 122. The event is free.
July 16, 2015

Melendez spent 17 years and eight months on Florida’s death row. Although there was no physical evidence linking him to the crime, he was convicted of a brutal murder and sentenced to death. He couldn’t afford an attorney and was represented by a public defender while the prosecutor withheld crucial evidence. Melendez was exonerated in 2002 after a fortuitous discovery of a transcript from a taped confession of the real murderer.

He has told his compelling, heart-wrenching and inspiring story to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

CNM psychology instructor Jim Johnson organized the speaking engagement.