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A Chilling Tale Of Survival On Death Row

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DOVER, Del. - The state of Delaware inches ever closer to repealing the death penalty. Supporters gathered in Dover Wednesday, to share their personal stories and agreed that life in prison without parole, is a just punishment.

"What do we want? Repeal the death penalty. When do we want it? Now."

Emotions were running high Wednesday in Dover. Cheers echoed outside of Legislative Hall as supports rallied to put an end to capitol punishment. Moments into the rally, there was sheer silence.

"I spent almost 18 years in prison, 12 on death row, for a double murder I did not commit," said Randy Steidl, a former inmate, wrongly accused.

He shared his chilling tale of survival.

"As harsh as death row was I found life without parole far harsher. There were times if they had rolled that gurney by my cell I would have strapped myself on it," said Steidl.

Once his case was reopened, he says investigators discovered he had been framed by prosecutors and police. In 2004, Steidl was exonerated and freed from an Illinois prison.

Walter Everett also shared his personal message.

"26 years ago my 24-year-old son was shot and killed in Bridgeport, Connecticut," he said.

He says forgiving his son's killer was the only thing that freed him of his desire for vengeance.

"We can't just execute, retributive justice, get even with people that's not what God calls us to do," said Everett.

Testimony was heard Wednesday afternoon in Dover, and the committee voted 6 to 5 not to table the bill. If six members of the committee sign it, the bill can still make it onto the floor as early as Wednesday night. We'll continue to update you as soon as we know more.

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