Exonerated man to speak about experiences

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- An exonerated man who spent 33 years in prison in Virginia for a rape and murder he did not commit is returning to the state for the first time since his release to speak about his experiences.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports 60-year-old Keith Allen Harward, of Greensboro, North Carolina, will speak Tuesday at the newspaper's 65th Public Square.

Harward was released from prison last month after the Virginia Supreme Court agreed that DNA evidence proved he was innocent of the 1982 killing of a Newport News man and the rape of his wife.

Harward's lawyers have said blood-type evidence that cleared him decades ago was not revealed by a serologist.

Those interested in attending Tuesday's free event must reserve a spot beforehand by visiting Richmond.com/Harward or calling (804) 649-6073.



 
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