Posted: March 20th, 2011 | By: Lisa Snedeker
Exoneree Beverly Monroe will speak at noon Thursday, March 24, in Room 1302 of the Worrell Professional Center to discuss the 11 years she spent wrongfully incarcerated and fighting to clear her name.
Sponsored by the Innocence and Justice Clinic, “Death, Lies and False Confessions: The Wrongful Conviction of Beverly Monroe” is free and open to the public.
In 1992, a 60-year-old wealthy research scientist and art collector was found dead in his home located on a 220-acre estate in Virginia. He was found on the couch in his study with a bullet in his head fired from his own revolver. Although local investigators and the medical examiner concluded it was a suicide, a senior special agent for the Virginia State Police had a hunch, as John Grisham explained at the Innocence and Justice panel on Sept. 14, 2010, in Wait Chapel, that it was his long-time companion Beverly Monroe who pulled the trigger. Eventually, Monroe was charged, tried and convicted for premeditated murder.
Monroe’s daughter, Katie Monroe, a lawyer with the Civil Rights Commission at the time, quit her job and worked tirelessly to assist with the exoneration of her mother. Katie Monroe now directs the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center in Utah, which assists inmates with their claims of innocence.
“The Innocence and Justice Clinic invites you to attend a remarkable presentation by an incredibly articulate and intelligent organic chemist whose story will transform your perspective of the criminal justice system,” said Carol Turowski, co-director of the clinic.