Neely Goen never met her father. His name was Conroy O’Brien, and he was a Kansas state trooper who was murdered in the line of duty.
Neely told her story, and how she came to oppose the death penalty, in an op-ed to the Wichita Eagle published today.
“My father’s murder, along with other cases, led people to call for a return of the death penalty, which Kansas eventually reinstated in 1994.
But over time, after I saw how the death penalty system actually works, my feelings on the issue changed.
What I’ve discovered is a legal process that no murder victim’s family should have to endure.”
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