March 15, 2010
Darryl Burton Speaks at Webster University March 22
Burton shares story of 24-year imprisonment for a crime he did not commit
It didn't even take an hour for a jury to convict Darryl Burton of capital murder and send him to jail for life. There was no motive, nor any physical evidence. But on the sole testimony of one witness who was a career criminal making a deal for himself in court, Burton was sentenced to life and vowed he would be proven innocent. Twenty-four years later he made good on his promise, found faith in God and through that, forgiveness.
On Monday, March 22nd, at 7 p.m. in Emerson Library's Conference Room, Darryl Burton will share his compelling story of imprisonment, his efforts to prove his innocence and his spiritual and emotional journey to forgiveness. His talk is sponsored by the Webster University College of Arts and Sciences.
Here is some information about Darryl Burton's case:
In June, 1984, Donald Ball was gunned down at the corner of Delmar and Goodfellow boulevards while filling his gas tank at the local Amoco station. Witnesses described the gunman as an African American male with a light complexion, less than five-feet-five inches in height.
For more information on Burton's case, several stories have been written, including one printed in the St.Louis American, Jan. 6, 2009, and the other in the Riverfront Times, Sept. 8, 2008.
Burton is available for media interviews by calling Christine C. Wells Eason, media relations director, Webster University, at 314-968-5976 or email@example.com.