Nick builds new life after 23 years on death row

Former death row inmate Nick Yarris with his wife-to-be Jessica Stubley.
Former death row inmate Nick Yarris with his wife-to-be Jessica Stubley.

A former death row inmate who spent 8,057 days in solitary confinement is rebuilding his life – with a new love in Moulton.

Nick Yarris at first faced the electric chair and later lethal injection after he was wrongly convicted in 1982 of the rape and murder of a young woman.

In 2004 he finally walked free after DNA evidence eventually cleared him, and he is now hoping to marry and start a family with Spalding girl Jessica Stubley, who contacted him in 2010 after reading a book about his life.

Nick (51) has paid tribute to the beautiful and brave young woman who “risked having her life blown apart” for daring to fall in love with a man – more than twice her age – who refused to be beaten by those who called him a rapist 
and murderer.

Nick, who still bears the physical and mental scars of his years inside, says the love and acceptance he has found in south Lincolnshire has helped him find peace after his years of hell.

Speaking to the Lincolnshire Free Press, Nick said: “When I was first set free I didn’t know where home was going to be, but now I know it’s where people love you and I’ve found that here.”