On 60 Minutes, Scott Pelley interviews Anthony Ray Hinton. Hinton served 28 years on death row for two murders he did not commit. (Two restaurant workers were killed in separate incidents during armed robberies.) A witness of a third restaurant robbery picked Hinton’s photo out of a lineup. The now 62-year-old Hinton tells Pelley that back in 1985, when interrogated by a police officer, Hinton said, “You got the wrong guy,” but according to Hinton, the officer said “I don’t care… you gonna be convicted for it.” There were no eyewitnesses or fingerprints. The bullets from the crime scenes did not match Hinton’s mother’s gun as prosecution initially presented at trial. Hinton was exonerated for the crimes in 2015.
Hinton is the 152nd person exonerated from death row in the U.S. and the sixth in the state of Alabama. Hinton has written a book about his experience, The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row. It was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her summer 2018 Book Club Pick. Archbishop Desmond Tutu says of Hinton’s book: “An amazing and heartwarming story, it restores our faith in the inherent goodness of humanity.”60 Minutes airs Sundays at 7pm on CBS.
SuperSoulers, this man is incredible. You’ll see why after this interview. Anthony Ray Hinton, author of my new Book Club pick ‘The Sun Does Shine’ is on @SuperSoulSunday tomorrow. Watch on OWN or my Facebook page. pic.twitter.com/9dmEh1dzDF
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) June 9, 2018