Statement of the Legal Team of William E. Kuenzel

“We’re obviously disappointed that the Court didn’t review the case of an innocent man facing death, given that the key evidence has never once been substantively reviewed by any court and only because some paperwork supposedly missed a filing deadline in the 1990’s. This case represents the most extreme example of government overreach, literally seeking to wrongfully take a citizen’s life without fair process. And for the people of Alabama, executing Bill means that Linda Offord’s real murderer will continue walking the streets – endangering every man, woman and child. The good news is that, while the window has narrowed, there are still those who are empowered to effect justice. The Alabama Legislature can enact legislation to create an Innocence Commission; the State Senate passed legislation earlier this year modeled off of North Carolina’s bill, and now the House must act. Confessed accomplice Harvey Venn can come forward and admit that he lied to save his own life. Or the man who prosecuted the case, Robert Rumsey, can acknowledge his constitutional error. Or other witnesses, like April Harris, could come forward and share their stories. Because if an innocent man is killed and those individuals don’t speak out, then it will rest on their conscience forever. And that is a sin approaching the one committed 29 years ago almost to the date.”

– The Kuenzel Defense Team, Oct. 31, 2016