BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- (WIAT) – Former Alabama Death Row inmate and New York Times Best-Selling Author Anthony Ray Hinton will speak to the North Avondale Library Chapter Chatters Book Club today at North Avondale Library.
Hinton spent nearly 30 years on Death Row for a Birmingham crime he did not commit. In 1985, he was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder after investigators said a gun found at his mother’s home was used in two Birmingham homicides.
After years of litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the conviction, and a new trial was granted. In 2015, the charges were dismissed after firearms experts tested evidence and confirmed the bullets from the crime scene didn’t match the weapon investigators found inHinton’s mother’s home.
Since his release, Hinton was traveled around the globe to talk about prison reform and his time behind bars. In 2018, Oprah Winfrey selected his memoir, “The Sun Does Shine,’’ for her summer Book Club. Hinton will soon work with Winfrey about turning his book into a movie.
The North Avondale library’s address is 501 – 43rd St. North. The event is free and open to the public.