Debate over the death penalty continues in Hartford as a man who was wrongfully convicted of murder speaks at a public hearing about the heated issue.
Jeffrey Deskovic was 17 when a jury found him guilty in the 1989 murder of Angela Correra. DNA evidence didn't match Deskovic, but a jury convicted him based on a confession that came after six hours of interrogation.
For years, he tried to get more sophisticated testing. Then, in 2006, a new district attorney finally agreed and the information helped prove Deskovic's innocence and reveal the real killer.
Since his release, Deskovic has become a criminal justice advocate and opposes the bill, HB-5445, which is before the state Judiciary Committee.
"There is no 'fixing' the death penalty other than abolishing it all together, because no matter how many reforms are passed aimed at preventing wrongful convictions, in the end the system is operated by human beings, and human beings make mistakes. The only way to be sure that an innocent person is not executed is to abolish the death penalty.”
A year ago, Gov. M. Jodi Rell vetoed a bill to abolish the death penalty.