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David Herman, convicted of killing 21-year-old Jennifer Burns in 1989, was executed April 2, 1997.

“The first time I’d ever seen a police officer up close was when the SWAT team crashed into my house, arrested me, handcuffed me, threw me on the ground, and then proceeded to kick and walk on me.”

— David Herman (audio clip)

 

“The crime for which I have been convicted occurred just before Christmas. I was arrested just a few days before the New Year. So the last contact I have had with my family was over the Christmas holidays.”

— David Herman (audio clip)

 

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