Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Timeline: Kenny Richey's journey to death row

Timeline: Kenny Richey's journey to death row

Last Updated: 5:44pm GMT 19/12/2007

Below is a chronology of key events leading up to Richey's decision
to enter a "no contest" plea.

August 3, 1964: Kenny Richey is born in Holland to an American father
and Scottish mother.

His parents moved to Edinburgh when he was a baby.

December, 1982: Following his parents' divorce, Richey moves to the
US to live with his father in Columbus Grove, Ohio.

1984: Richey moves to Minnesota where he meets his future wife Wendy
and joins the US Marines

1985: Richey is discharged from the Marines. After his marriage fails
he returns to Columbus Grove to live with his father.

June 30, 1986: One week before Richey is due to return to Scotland,
two-year-old Cynthia Collins dies in a house fire.

January 1987: Kenny is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. An
immediate appeal is lodged.

June 30, 1987: Richey's scheduled appointment with the electric chair
coincides with the first anniversary of Collins' death. A stay is

1992: A direct appeal is lodged with Ohio Supreme Court and denied by
four votes to three.

1994: Richey comes within an hour of death before another stay is

March 1997: An appeal is lodged with the same judge who sentenced
Richey to death. It is rejected.

1997: Two witnesses who had claimed they heard Richey threaten to
burn down the Ohio flat where Collins died, retract their statements.

1998: An appeal is denied by Ohio Supreme Court.

June 1998: Richey's last scheduled execution date is avoided when a
stay is granted and the case is transferred to the federal courts.

March 2004: 150 MPs sign a Commons motion backing Richey's claim of
innocence after Prime Minister Tony Blair pledges to look into the case.

January 25, 2005: The 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals overturns
Richey's conviction and sentence based on incompetent legal counsel.

February 8, 2005: Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro files a state
motion to rehear Richey's case and asks for an extra 14 days to
prepare its challenge.

February 22, 2005: Prosecutors file their request for an entire 12-
judge appeal court to reconsider its decision.

April 19, 2005: The Appeal Court in the US state of Ohio rules that
he should be retried within 90 days or set free.

July 28, 2005: Prosecutors lodge an appeal against the decision to
overturn the conviction and Richey's hopes of freedom begin to fade.

September 5, 2006: Appeal court decides to re-hear evidence in
January 2007.

January 22, 2007: Judges in Cincinnati decide whether evidence that
emerged after his murder trial should be re-examined.

July 12, 2007: Supporters campaigning to save Richey start a fresh
petition to pressure new Prime Minister Gordon Brown to take action
on the case.

August 10, 2007: His conviction is overturned on appeal for the
second time by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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samantha said...

My name is sam and I am from Ireland and after watching the show last night, it acured to me that the American justice system has a lot to answer to on the conviction of this man, I also wonder are they keeping in incarcerated due to the fact that they know they would have a possible multi million dollar claim againt them by Mr. richey and his wife and son and father, I strongly believe that this is there motive , two people have admitted lying about what they heard, this is a disgrace, please fight on.


Sharon Ray McDougall said...

I was reading about Kenny Richey's freedom case and how he thinks the police officers withheld evididence, ok maybe the did but when I hear him talk and his attitude towards others in my personal opinion I think he did do it. That night he was asked if he could watch her and he agreed knowing to himself that he had every intention of starting that fire and knowing that little girl was in her bed sleeping. He did admit to the fire but I think he lied about knowing the little girl sleeping in her bed. So I think his former fiancée should have ignored his pleas on the Internet and he should have been executed. Shaon Ray McDougall Glasgow Scotand