Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed ), memorial page for Walter Green McMillian (2 Feb 1910–23 May 1973), Find a Grave Memorial no. Edit a memorial you manage or suggest changes to the memorial manager. Your password must be at least 8 characters, Please check the I'm not a robot checkbox, If you want to be a Photo Volunteer you must enter a ZIP Code or select your location on the map. Thirty-six of the nearly two hundred convicts on death row are there because of override. Stevenson mentions how McMillian’s imprisonment affected the rest of his life. [13] Key remarked that "McMillian deserved to be executed for the brutal killing of a young lady in the first full flower of adulthood. Add to your scrapbook. For Edits select Suggest Edits on the memorial page. “It was actually very moving when he showed the movie to them in Montgomery just a month ago or so,” Cretton said. Thanks for using Find a Grave, if you have any feedback we would love to hear from you. "[14] The frequency of the judge override has since come under scrutiny: "Nearly seventy Alabama judges have single-handedly ordered an inmate's execution, and collectively they have done so more than a hundred times. Try again. Context. Unfortunately, McMillian also battled dementia before his death. On April 1, 1993, In his testimony, McMillian addressed an issue that is voiced in, “If federal courts do not permit Death Row prisoners to prove their innocence, even after many years on Death Row, and prevent wrongful executions, the hope of many innocent people on Death Row will be crushed,” McMillian said. ''I never got an apology. Not, Since the early origins of the genre in the late 1800s, horror films have mostly been told through a very white lens. Geni requires JavaScript! "[8] This practice, called judicial override, allows "elected trial judges to override jury verdicts of life and impose death sentences." Please complete the captcha to let us know you are a real person. Close this window, and upload the photo(s) again. "[4] Stevenson disagreed, telling the court that "it was far too easy to convict this wrongly accused man for murder and send him to death row for something he didn't do and much too hard to win his freedom after proving his innocence. Emma Roberts has rom-coms in her blood. “It was a very emotional, moving night and they responded really well to it. “A lot of people tell me, ‘Man, I’d leave.’ I tell them: ‘This is my home. I see them -- the cops -- all the time. The controversial case received national attention beginning in the fall of 1992, when it was featured in the CBS News program 60 Minutes. “You can't threaten to kill someone every day, year after year and not harm them, not traumatize them, not break them in ways that is really, really profound.”. Stevenson then visited McMillian's community and "met dozens of African-Americans who were with this condemned man at the time the crime took place 11 miles away who absolutely knew he was innocent. × Resend Activation Email. Investigators told Myers they believed he was responsible for killing Morrison as well and that they had witnesses that would testify that he committed the act along with McMillan. IMPORTANT PRIVACY NOTICE & DISCLAIMER: YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO USE CAUTION WHEN DISTRIBUTING PRIVATE INFORMATION. He ended his testimony with this haunting sentiment: “Justice if forever shattered when we kill an innocent man.”. The case soon earned the attention of attorney Bryan Stevenson, portrayed in the movie by Michael B. Jordan, who took on the case as part of the Equal Justice Initiative and eventually helped to exonerate McMillian after it was determined that multiple witnesses on the stand had been lying. "[9], On February 23, 1993, in his fifth appeal to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, the judges ruled 5-0 to reverse McMillian's conviction and grant him a new trial. If you have questions, please contact or don't show this again—I am good at figuring things out. All photos appear on this tab and here you can update the sort order of photos on memorials you manage. Pearson had failed to disclose exculpatory evidence to McMillian's attorneys, including records from the Taylor Hardin Secure Medical Facility and Myers' June 3 and August 27 statements. McMillan also said he often ran into the same police officers who were responsible for putting him behind bars. Also an additional volunteer within fifty miles. We have a volunteer within fifty miles of your requested photo location. [8], Six years after the original trial, in an unrelated case, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals found that the prosecutor, District Attorney Theodore Pearson, and Judge Key "had practiced 'intentional racial discrimination' in jury selection. Remove advertising from a memorial by sponsoring it for just $5. Wiliam was born on September 11 1845, in Tennessee, USA. To add a flower, click the “Leave a Flower” button. He "did not have a history of violence. [2][11] McMillian was arrested in June 1987. McMillan was convicted for the murder in a trial that lasted just a day and a half, even though multiple witnesses had said that the 46-year-old had been at a church fish fry at the time of the murder, according to NBC News. And don't miss our own podcast, Martinis & Murder! Share this memorial using social media sites or email. "[11], The story was featured in a 1995 book entitled Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town by former Washington Post journalist Pete Earley. A system error has occurred. Genealogy profile for Walter McMillian Walter McMillian (deceased) - Genealogy Genealogy for Walter McMillian (deceased) family tree on Geni, with over 200 million profiles of ancestors and living relatives. 82124779, citing Sampey Community Cemetery, Repton, Conecuh County, Alabama, USA ; … ...), Nellie Ophelia Wood (born Mcmillian), James L. Mcmillian, Joseph Parks Mcmillian, Emma Wood (born Mcmillian), Edward J. Mcmillian, <... ...te> Mcmillian, Larry Mcmillian, Mcmillian, Walters (born Mcmillian), Cox (born Mcmillian), July 12 1975 - Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, USA, Laban Parks Mcmillan, Ada M Mcmillan (born Kirk), Frances Elizabeth Mcmillian, Nell Mcmillan, James L Mcmillan, Joseph Mcmillan, John Mcmillan, Emma Mcmillan, Edward J Mcmillian. Sorry! "[12][8] There was no physical evidence implicating McMillian. McMillian filed a civil lawsuit against state and local officials. Please try again later. "[7] D.A. If a new volunteer signs up in your requested photo location, they may see your existing request and take the photo. WIKITREE PROTECTS MOST SENSITIVE INFORMATION BUT ONLY TO THE EXTENT STATED IN THE TERMS OF SERVICE AND PRIVACY POLICY. It was appealed to the United States Supreme Court,[18] which ruled against McMillian, holding that a county sheriff could not be sued for monetary damages. Stevenson said many of the doctors believed McMillan’s early onset dementia had been trauma-induced. Are you sure that you want to delete this photo? So that was very relieving.”. ", According to David Rose in his 1999 article in. McMillian’s attorneys also discovered other recorded segments from Myers' conversation with police where he complained about having to implicate a man he didn’t know for a crime he said neither committed. Son of Laban Parks McMillian and Ada Kirk Stevenson, who spent time with the family as the film shows, used his personal experiences to help the movie convey the love and support McMillian’s family provided. Husband of Libbie Wood [7] McMillian was charged with a two-count indictment "for the offense of murder made capital because it was committed during a robbery in the first degree" and the jury recommended a life sentence. We collect and match historical records that Ancestry users have contributed to their family trees to create each person’s profile.