Homicide is the killing of one person by another. Murder is a form of criminal homicide, where the perpetrator intended to kill the other person, sometimes with premeditation (a plan to kill). When the prisoner is pronounced dead, a death certificate will be issued, and a cause of death must be stated. For all those executed in this country, the cause of death listed is always “homicide.”
“I realize that I cannot stand by silently as my government executes its citizens. If I do not speak out and resist, I AM AN ACCOMPLICE. “Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking
Moderator: Father John D’Mello, PhD, Moral Theology Pastoral Vicar St Patrick Church
SueZann Bosler has been an activist for abolition of the death penalty since she watched her father, a Minister of the Church of the Brethren, murdered in while she watched- and nearly became a victim herself when she tried to come to his assistance. Suezann has travelled the world, working to abolish the death penalty.
Renai Collins is an ordained Minister with Word of Life International Ministries in WPB. She is the former Y-Girls/Racial Justice Coordinator at YWCA of Palm Beach County. YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Retired she is on the Board of Directors of the MLK Coordinating Celebration Committee of West Palm Beach, which provides scholarships, sets positive goals and activities for youth.
Herman Lindsey was sent to Florida’s death row in 2006 for the robbery and murder of Ft. Lauderdale pawnshop owner, Joanne Mazzola, in 1994. In a unanimous verdict, the Florida Supreme Court ruled in July 2006 that there wasn’t enough evidence to find Herman guilty of anything, much less sentence him to death, and that he did not receive a fair trial. Herman became the 27th person to be exonerated from Florida’s death