At the age of 22, Fort Riley soldier Eddie Lowery was taken into custody–and eventually wrongfully convicted of a rape and burglary he did not commit. That happened in 1981 and today Lowery, who spent 10 years in prison and 11 years after that proving his innocence, now makes presentations for The Innocence Project.
Lowery was in Manhattan Wednesday evening at the invitation of the Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice, and shared some startling statistics. 318 men have been exonerated through the project. 18 of those men have been exonerated off of death row.
Lowery stresses a few key things, one of which is the method of handling cases such as his. That includes the need for the use of video during all interrogations, photo identification of eyewitnesses, and the ability to ask for a lawyer or someone close during an interview with law enforcement, especially if the suspect is young like Lowery was.
Eddie Lowery turned to writing and performing songs during his 10 long years in prison. A CD will be out November first, titled “Can’t Touch my Soul.”
Lowery will be a guest on KMAN’s “In Focus” Friday (10-10) at 9:30 a.m.