Famous dealth penalty abolitionist speaks at Truman State

Helen Prejean speaks to Truman State University students in the Baldwin Auditorium on January 15, 2014.

Truman State University students have gained the attention of a popular writer and death penalty abolitionist.

Sister Helen Prejean is a Roman Catholic nun and main character in "Dead Man Walking."

Wednesday night, Trumanâ??s Amnesty International organization hosted a lecture featuring the advocate for â??doing awayâ?? with the death penalty.

The film "Dead Man Walking" is a biographical account of her relationships with death row inmates.

At Wednesday's lecture, Prejean gave an in-depth look into what it's like to be labeled as ones wrong-doings.

A member of the local Amnesty International group told KTVO that the organization is glad Prejean was able to share a few of her encounters because they too believe the death penalty is unjust.

â??She's such a strong advocate for the death penalty and she's got a big name so it's something that we thought would attract a lot of attention and bring the issue to Kirksville noticed,â?? said Akriti Panthi.

For more information on the Amnesty International organization click here.