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The salvation of Josh Kezer

Monday, April 27, 2009 | 10:44 p.m. CDT; updated 11:56 a.m. CDT, Thursday, April 30, 2009
Convicted in 1994 for the murder of a 19-year-old nursing student, Josh Kezer's exoneration two months ago was only the second part of what he considers his salvation.

COLUMBIA – Josh Kezer gets carsick even on short rides out to dinner. The fork and knife set before him are comically huge after eating every meal for so long with a small plastic spork. The call of frogs along the MKT Trail seems absurdly loud.

But none of this really bothers him; his reactions to life these days are childlike.

After his release from prison just more than two months ago, after serving nearly 16 years for a crime he didn’t commit, Kezer, 34, celebrates the mundane – a car ride, a plate of sliced fruit, going out to eat or holding a baby at church.

Kezer was convicted in 1994 for the murder of a Southeast Missouri State University student and sentenced to serve two consecutive 30-year terms. He was exonerated in February when a judge threw out the original verdict in light of new evidence.

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Sandra Jourden August 17, 2010 | 11:23 a.m.

I just wanted to say that I saw your story on tv and was amazed at your faith. I am going through my own tribulation now, nothing as serious as yours, and am having a hard time holding my head up. I admire your courage, humility, faith, and steadfastness. Thank you for inspiring me to be a better christian.

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Kerry Walker November 19, 2010 | 11:02 a.m.

I'm so very happy for Josh...and I'm sure he is a good person and I respect his right to believe as he wants. I also understand why he would accept "religion" while in prison. People who don't are treated with venom by other inmates and the prison guards. We must go beyond the conditioning processes of the brain and look into what is actually true and what is false. Again I am glad Josh was released and cleared, but sooo many others have not been so lucky and I could have been one of them (search: kerry walker story). Those that believe in the bible and in "religion" attempted to put me away for 25 years for crimes I did not commit--in fact I was the VICTIM. To come upon the nameless and to go beyond the programming of one's brain and find truth-- read my book for free online or download it at no cost.
Simply search: The Dawn of Intelligence

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