Ex-death row inmate to speak at Millsaps


Juan Melendez, who spent more than 17 years on death row for a crime he did not commit, will speak at Millsaps College as part of its Friday Forum series.


The event is set for 12:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in Room 215 of the Ford Academic Complex on the Millsaps campus and is free of charge.


Melendez was convicted on witness testimony for the 1983 murder of cosmetology school owner Delbert Baker, even though no physical evidence linked Melendez to the killing. He is the 24th inmate in Florida, and the 99th in the U.S., to be freed from death row after being cleared by new evidence.


Melendez will speak on his experience of resilience, courage, faith and hope and how he changed for the better after spending 17 years, eight months and one day on death.


For information, contact Allison Mays at 601-974-1083 or maysap@millsaps.edu or Lynn Raley at 601-974-1423 or raleyhl@millsaps.edu.