Today we’re going to continue our watch of the Gary Graham Shaka Sankofa case. Perhaps no other case has focused attention on the death penalty more than this. He is just hours away from execution in Huntsville, Texas. He was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1981 fatal shooting of 53 year old Bobby Lambert during an attempted nighttime robbery in the parking lot of a Safeway supermarket. Graham’s conviction turned on a single eyewitness with no supporting evidence. Two other eyewitnesses who say Graham was not the killer were never called to testify. For 19 years, Graham has maintained his innocence. There have been widespread protests across the country demanding that Governor George Bush stop the execution. Activists have also been following Bush around on the campaign trail, in some cases disrupting his speeches.
- Ashante Chimuranga, a lawyer who has worked on Shaka Sankofa/Gary Graham’s case for several years.