SAVE THE DATE -

FULL CIRCLE Fundraiser focuses on Families, Advocates, Resources and Exonerees

Where: OCU Law School - McLaughlin Hall

When: October 2, 2019 (National Wrongful Conviction Day)

Time: 7pm - 9pm

Please join us for an exciting evening celebrating Wrongful Conviction Day which casts awareness on the struggles that individuals who are wrongfully convicted go through along with their families. 

Interested in sponsoring this event? Click here for more information.

RSVP today by visiting http://lawconnect.okcu.edu/FullCircle.

EVENT DETAILS:

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SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST 

Justin Echols

Justin is an accomplished jazz vocalist, pianist and guitarist. He has performed internationally as well as across the United States. He has been featured multiple times at the Lincoln Center in New York City. He opened for Kristin Chenoweth in Washington D.C. and again recently in Oklahoma City at the Civic Center. All of this while being an active officer for the Oklahoma City Police Department. Justin is the youngest member ever inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and was also nominated for an Emmy in 2018.  

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EMCEE

Maggie Carlo

Maggie anchors KOCO 5 News weekday mornings.  Anchoring at KOCO 5 is a homecoming for Maggie. In addition to being a dedicated journalist, Maggie believes strongly in giving back to her community. Her volunteer efforts started with her very first television job, as a mentor in a local elementary school. Through the years she has donated her time to many nonprofit organizations.

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Elizabeth Fritz Clinton

Elizabeth, daughter of Dennis Fritz who was wrongfully convicted for the murder of Deborah Sue Carter and was later exonerated as depicted in the Netflix docuseries, “The Innocent Man. 

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Christy Sheppard

Christy is a licensed professional counselor in private practice.  She has been an advocate for victims of crime and criminal justice reform for many years.  Over the last fifteen years she has participated in documentaries and spoken all over the country in an effort to bring awareness and effect change. She has written op eds in regard to justice reform, most recently co-writing one with John Grisham. 

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RESOURCE

Vicki Zemp Behenna

Vicki is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Innocence Project at Oklahoma City University School of Law.  With the efforts of law students at Oklahoma City University School of Law and Vicki’s trial skills, the Oklahoma Innocence Project was able to obtain the release of two men in 2016 who had been wrongfully convicted of murder. 

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EXONEREES

Malcolm Scott

 Malcolm was sentenced to life in prison plus 170 years after he was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting of Karen Summers. Malcolm, was freed from prison May 9, 2016, after a judge declared them “actually innocent” based on new evidence that was not presented to the jury that found them guilty in 1995.

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Michelle Murphy

 Michelle was just 17 years old when she was convicted for murdering her three-month-old son. She received a life sentence and remained behind bars for 20 years before being freed after a judge overturned her conviction citing unreliable evidence.

Other Oklahoma Exonerees will be in attendance to share their stories with you as well.