Exoneree Kirk Bloodsworth receives $83K from Maryland for housing

Maryland officials on Wednesday approved additional compensation for Kirk Bloodsworth for housing. Bloodsworth is a former Maryland death row inmate who was exonerated by DNA in June 1993. He was the first death row inmate in the United States to be cleared by DNA. He was twice convicted for the rape and killing of a 9-year-old girl in 1984, a crime for which a different man later pleaded guilty. He appeared in person in Annapolis as the state's spending board, the Board of Public Works, approved an additional $83,000 specifically for housing for the time nine years he wrongfully spent on death row and in prison.