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Exonerated Death Row Inmate to Speak at UA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — An event titled “The Death Penalty from a Social Justice Perspective” featuring Gary Drinkard, exonerated Alabama death row survivor, and Joanne Terrell, faculty member in The University of Alabama School of Social Work and death penalty mitigator, will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m.

Drinkard was sentenced to death in 1995 for the robbery and murder of a 65-year-old automotive junk dealer in Decatur. He served more than five years on Alabama’s death row before being released in 2001. He will speak about the case, his life on death row and life after exoneration.

This event, sponsored by the UA Chapter of Alabama Arise and the UA School of Social Work, will take place in room 111 of ten Hoor Hall, on the UA campus and will be followed by a reception catered by Full Moon Bar-B-Que.

The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Kimberly Burrow at

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.