My name is Will Duchon. I live in Stratford, CT.

In 2003 I encountered Mr. Shane Watson, who is currently serving a 25 year to life sentence for second-degree murder. After careful review of the case transcripts, police reports, trial transcripts and other documentation, it became clear to me that Shane is not guilty of this crime. His case is an example of flawed "eyewitness" testimony, an incredibly flimsy prosecution, and essentially a travesty of justice. Shane is 50 years old, and has been in prison since 1993.

I followed up my suspicions about the case with Dr. Jennifer Dysart, currently a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NYC. Her SUMMARY confirmed my suspicions.

Along with some dedicated friends from Pleasantville Presbyterian Church in Pleasantville, NY, Monroe Congregational Church in Monroe, CT, the fine attorney Robert Boyle of New York City, and our dedicated investigator Doug Walters of Chicago, I am seeking to have Shane's conviction overturned so that ultimately, he will be free to enjoy his life.

This blog is simply a way to share Shane's story as well as new and current information regarding his case. I encourage you to read the posts that describe the details of his case. It is also an opportunity to learn about how flawed the criminal justice system is.

For details of the Shane Watson case, please read the SUMMARY by our investigator, Doug Walters.

Thank you for visiting.

Shane Watson's mailing address:

Mr. Shane Watson

93A 9384

PO Box 8

Otisville, NY 10963

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Shane, Doug and me

Shane,  our investigator Doug Walters and I spent a few hours together this morning in the Old Visiting Room at Green Haven. Shane was in good spirits, and as well as discussing the case we covered a lot of ground including basketball, football, baseball, Doug's impending trip to Chicago for Christmas, and our resolve to raise the remaining $11,000 we need for legal fees. 

As of today, our immediate goal is another $2500 to cover 50% of the total attorney fee ($15,000). With $2500 our attorney Robert Boyle will formally file the motion to vacate Shane's conviction. In essence this means that only $2500 is standing in the way of bringing our new evidence to court; evidence which should certainly be strong enough to embarrass the District Attorney's office in Bronx County at the very least and convince a judge that Shane's sentence should be vacated.

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