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 when he was a baby.
December, 1982: Following his parents' divorce, Richey moves to the
US to live with his father in .
1984: Richey moves to 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 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 22, 2007: Judges in 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 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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