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Exoneree Beverly Monroe: Wrongly Convicted of Murder

Beverly Monroe was sentenced to 20 years for a murder she did not commit — a murder, in fact, that never occurred. Monroe told her story at an event sponsored by the Innocence Project Clinic and the Virginia Innocence Project Student Group on Sept. 22. She was ultimately exonerated and freed when her family and her post-conviction counsel uncovered extensive evidence, withheld by the Commonwealth, that the victim's death was a suicide. After the Fourth Circuit vacated her conviction as a result of these constitutional violations, the Commonwealth chose not to retry her.