SAM SHEPPARD WALK FOR JUSTICE
The following AP article appeared in Ohio, Milwaukee, Boston, New  Jersey, Alabama, Las Vegas, Fox, Nando and Newsday webpages, and newspapers across America:

It's been 45 years since Marilyn Sheppard was murdered in her bed and  her husband reported chasing a bushy-haired man out of his lakeside home  outside Cleveland.
 Now the case that inspired the movie and TV series "The Fugitive" is  headed back to court, and the defendants in the new case are preparing to  exhume Mrs. Sheppard's remains.
That is something her son expects will be  so traumatic that he will need the solitude of the open road.
 Sam Reese Sheppard said he will leave Saturday on a walk from the United States
Supreme Court -- which ordered the 2nd trial that freed Dr. Sam  Sheppard -- to the
murder site at Bay Village, Ohio.
 Speaking by phone from Oakland, Calif., Sheppard said walking 20 miles  a day will be
his way of preparing for what he expects will be a difficult  experience.
 "The walking is for the good of my soul," he said. "I will walk and  meditate and hope for peace and reconciliation."
 Along the way, Sheppard intends to stop at a prison in Pennsylvania to  visit James
A. Dennis, a death row inmate who he believes was condemned  for a murder he
did not commit.
 Sheppard, 52, scheduled his walk and rallies in Washington, Cleveland and  Waynesburg,
Pa., to coincide with the expected start of a civil trial  in his wrongful imprisonment lawsuit
against the state of Ohio. The walk  also coincides with the broadcast of a program about
the case on public  television's "Nova."
The new trial has been delayed until January to allow the Cuyahoga County  prosecutor, which is handling the defense, time to gather DNA samples.  Prosecutor William Mason
said he expects to exhume Mrs. Sheppard's  remains in early October.
 Sheppard has taken to the road before to protest the death penalty,  walking across Ohio
in 1997 and from Boston to New Orleans in 1995.
 Dr. Sam Sheppard spent a decade in prison after being convicted of  beating his wife to death in July 1954. That verdict was overturned by  the Supreme Court, and a retrial in
1966 acquitted him.
 The younger Sheppard contends that his mother was killed by a man who washed the family's windows and later died while serving time for  another murder.
 To win the wrongful imprisonment suit, the son's lawyers must convince a  jury that the majority of evidence indicates the doctor was innocent. If Sheppard wins, damages could reach as much as $2 million.
 Sheppard was 7 years old when his mother was killed and was not taken to  her funeral.
 In addition to spotlighting his oppsition to the death penalty, he said  one of his goals was to draw attention to the need to understand and help  those affected by violence.
 "Murder victims' family members are never completely healed," he said.
 "There's never complete closure. There's always another anniversary  date."

 (source:  Associated Press)
 
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