Figure in Film to Discuss Wrongful Conviction

UT Dallas Appearance Coincides With Screening of ‘The Trials of Darryl Hunt’

Oct. 31, 2008

Darryl Hunt, who served almost 20 years in a North Carolina prison for a murder he did not commit, will speak Wednesday, Nov. 5, at a UT Dallas screening of a documentary detailing his ordeal.

The screening of The Trials of Darryl Hunt and Hunt’s appearance are planned in conjunction with UT Dallas Cinematheque, a monthly feature co-sponsored by the Student Union Activities Advisory Board and the School of Arts & Humanities.  The event is at 7 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall.

Hunt, an African-American man from Winston-Salem, N.C., was exonerated by DNA evidence after serving 19½ years in prison in the  1984 of the rape and murder of a young, white newspaper editor, Deborah Sykes.

“Wrongfully convicted, falsely imprisoned, and never forgotten,” Hunt's case is said to have “helped defined race relations in Winston-Salem for 20 years.”

Hunt is now involved in the Innocence Project, which is devoted to educating the public about flaws in the criminal justice system. He will be available to answer questions after the documentary.

Pizza will be served and sign-in sheets available for students earning credit in selected classes.


Media Contact: Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu

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Darryl Hunt

Darryl Hunt is now involved in the Innocence Project, which is devoted to educating the public about flaws in the criminal justice system. He will be available to answer questions after the documentary.

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