A woman who was represented by a USC Law student after spending 29 years in prison for sitting in a car while her husband robbed and killed a shop owner shared her story with a crowd of 165 students and parents at USC’s Trojan Parents Weekend.
The woman — Connie Keel — gave a heart-felt talk about her time before, during and after prison. She was joined by Adam Reich, the third-year law student who represented her, and Prof. Heidi Rummel, co-director of USC Law’s Post-Conviction Justice Project clinical program.
“I still very clearly remember the robbery,” Keel said. “I was sitting in the middle front seat of the car and I felt paralyzed. I was petrified. For a moment, I thought about driving away and leaving them there. But I didn’t know how I was going to get to my husband’s parents house and get my children before he found me. I couldn’t figure out how to do that, and I thought he would kill me.