NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former death row inmate who was released from custody now enjoys making art.
The Tennessean reported Ndume Olatushani recently opened a solo art show at Bryant Gallery in East Nashville. He uses plenty of color in his paintings, having had enough of gray while serving time in prison.
The 55-year-old served 11 years in a California prison for attempted murder and then 17 more in Tennessee's Riverbend Maximum Security Institution for a slaying before he was released in June. He signed an Alford plea, which means he asserts his innocence while agreeing that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him.
Olatushani says he made some bad decisions when he was younger that got him into trouble and made the conviction possible.
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Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.