Gov. Warner Orders DNA Test for Executed Man
âAn innocent man is going to be murdered tonight. When my innocence is proven, I hope Americans will realize the injustice of the death penalty as all other civilized countries have.â
- Roger Colemanâs last words before he was executed by the state of Virginia May 20, 1992
Roger Coleman was executed in Virginia in 1992 (background here.) Today, Governor Mark Warner ordered DNA tests in his case. If Coleman is innocent, it will be the first documented case of the execution of an innocent person in the United States. The first, but probably not the only one.
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