Exonerated fathers: abolish death penalty in Illinois

January 16, 2011

Produced by Associated Press

A pair of Illinois men who were charged with killing their daughters but were cleared by DNA evidence said the state should put an end to the death penalty.
      
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Kevin Fox and Jerry Hobbs said it should be required in murder cases to promptly test DNA in private laboratories. Hobbs said there were "too many gaps in the system itself."
      
A bill to abolish the death penalty in Illinois awaits the signature of Gov. Pat Quinn.
      
Hobbs spent five years in jail for the murders of his daughter and her friend. Kevin Fox spent eight months in jail in the death of his daughter Riley Fox. Both were cleared by DNA evidence.