Former Inmate to Revisit William Woods

Joshua Kezer, a former inmate of the Jefferson City Correctional Center,Josh Kezer will revisit William Woods University later this month.


Kezer was convicted in 1994 for a Missouri murder he did not commit. On Feb. 17, 2009, after spending 14 years behind bars, he was finally able to walk beyond the prison walls as a free man.


Kezer will share his story with the William Woods and Fulton community at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 as part of the President’s Concert and Lecture Series.  His speech, in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center, is free and open to the public. 


Convicted of second-degree murder and armed criminal action, Kezer was sentenced to 60 years in prison despite a lack of any physical evidence to place him at the scene of the crime. The only evidence was a single eye-witness with a frequently changing story.


During the spring of 2006, officers reviewing the case learned about a recent interview with the eye-witness. The updated interview not only completely eliminated Kezer, but also identified a new possible murder suspect. 


With the new version of the eye-witnesses account and the amount of evidence removing Kezer from the scene, after a long battle and a long wait, he was finally able to walk free.


When sharing his story with students at William Woods last spring, Kezer said he found his faith while serving his time in prison and this comforted him. His story is being filmed by 48-Hours and is set to be aired in the coming months. 


The President’s Concert and Lecture Series was created by William Woods University to encourage student and community participation in educational and cultural events. For more information, contact Brenda Foster at (573) 592-4219 or