RIP Delbert Tibbs

Posted by Chelsea Bond on November 25th, 2013

We are saddened to learn about the death of Delbert Tibbs, a death row exoneree who dedicated his life to ending the death penalty.

Delbert  was convicted in 1974 of the murder of a 27-year-old man near Fort Myers, Florida, and spent three years in prison, two on death row, before the Florida Supreme Court reversed the case. The original prosecutor, James S. Long,
declared that the case had been “tainted from the beginning and the investigators knew it.”

Delbert later moved to Chicago where he wrote poetry and continued his advocacy against the death penalty as the Assistant Director of Membership and Training for Witness to Innocence.

Delbert Tibbs inspired people wherever he went, and will continue doing so even after his passing.Thank you for sharing your story with the world.

Posted in Blog, Innocence


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  1. Comment by Shelby VanHoose, Dec 5th, 2013 6:33am

    This is a very gripping story. It's a sad day when losing someone who has fought to end such a cause. I hope that his legacy that he left behind will be one that works to abolish the death penalty. Great post! RIP Delbert Tibbs.

  2. Comment by Daniel, Nov 26th, 2013 10:26pm

    I had the good fortune of hearing Mr. Tibbs speak in my class at Columbia College in early 2001, and had a brief conversation with him afterwards. His moving words and gentle spirit convinced me that day that the death penalty has no place in the modern world.

    I will miss you Mr. Tibbs, thank you for affecting my life in such a positive way. Rest in Peace.


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