May 16, 2022

By Andy Johnson

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For 23 years he professed his innocence, while serving a life sentence for a crime he did not commit.  David Milgaard has died after a short illness.


When Milgaard was 16, he was charged and wrongfully convicted in the 1969 rape and murder of a nursing aide in Saskatoon.

He was released from prison in 1992 and exonerated by DNA analysis in 1997.

His story was introduced to a new generation of Canadians with the Tragically Hip song, “Wheat Kings.

Canada’s justice minister called Milgaard “a tireless advocate for the wrongfully convicted.”

David Milgaard was 69.

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