David Spence : An Innocent Man

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Every day innocent people are convicted of crimes they did not commit. In many cases there are people who were later found innocent but were put to death. David Spence is an example of an innocent man that was executed for a murder he did not commit. David Spence is an example of an innocent man that was executed for a murder he did not commit. David Spence was executed in 1997 for murdering three teenagers in 1982. Spence was convicted of raping, torturing, and murdering two 17 year old girls and murdering an 18 year old boy. As the original allegations go, Spence was hired by convenience store owner Muneer Deeb to kill one girl and he ended up killing these three teens by mistake. Muneer Deeb was charged and sentenced to death but later received a retrial and was acquitted. Authoritative sources even had serious doubt about Spence’s guilt. Although there was no clear physical evidence to link Spence to the crime prosecutors used bite marks that were found on one the girl 's body and matched it to Spence’s teeth. Even jailhouse witnesses were bribed into snitching on David Spence. Despite weak evidential support and jail mate testimonies, Spence was executed. (Bonner and Rimer, 2000) Situations like David Spence’s case lead me to disagree with capital punishment. I believe giving someone the death penalty is wrong because taking somebody’s life is something humans should not have control of. The death penalty also known as capital punishment is a government…

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