He Gets New Lease on Life 90 Mins from Death

Derrick Jamison is back in Cincinnati and working to abolish the death penalty in Ohio.

He served 20 years in prison, survived six death warrants and once came within 90 minutes of execution. Jamison is free now, but was convicted and sentenced to death in 1985 for the murder of a Cincinnati bartender.

His conviction hinged on the testimony of a co-defendant who avoided the death penalty by falsely implicating Jamison. Other evidence that would have contradicted that testimony was withheld during Jamison’s trial. In 2000, a federal district court judge overturned Jamison’s conviction and five years later charges against him were dismissed.

Jamison shared his story with WCPO-TV Channel 9.

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