On Wednesday, six Death Row Exonerees will be in Tallahassee to discuss the death penalty with lawmakers and to stand with Orange Osceola County State Attorney Aramis Ayala, who’s decided she will not seek the death penalty in any cases, including the Markeith Loyd case.
The visit is being promoted by Witness to Innocence a “national organization in the United States composed of and led by exonerated death row survivors and their family members.” The mission of WTI is to “abolish the death penalty by empowering exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones to become effective leaders in the abolition movement.”
The group will also discuss the importance of exonerees being compensated for being wrongfully convicted and deliver a letter to Governor Rick Scott showing support for Ayala’s decision. Scott has reassigned almost two dozen cases from Ayala’s office since her announcement. Both sides are currently battling in the courts over whether the Governor had the authority to do so.