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, May 28, 2013

Be a part of Shane's story

It has been a little over nine years since that day in May when I first met Shane Watson at Green Haven Correctional Facility. Nine years have gone by and I have learned a lot about the justice (injustice) system in NY, about how easily one can be convicted wrongfully, and how easily one who has been wrongfully convicted can be forgotten. We all have our own lives, our own frustrations, longings, dilemmas, and pressures. Taking interest in someone far away sitting in prison, someone we don't know...it's all too abstract.

For nine years people  have learned about Shane's case. It's an ordinary case, really, as cases go. It is not a case that would draw media attention like the case of O.J. Simpson, or Jodi Arias, or Lindsay Lohan. There are no celebrities involved in Shane's case, no fortunes to be lost, no glamour or sexual intrigue, no glitz. For nine years, when friends have learned about Shane's case, the question I'm always asked is "What can I do?". For nine years, my reply has been the same: drop Shane a letter, take time to write and know him as a person first. Then follow your heart.

Our legal fees remain at $6000. The case is progressing rapidly, with the advent of a hearing and other important developments that need to remain confidential. I urge anyone and everyone to donate whatever is possible, through the PayPal device on our blog. And as always, I urge you to write to Shane and offer a kind word of encouragement today, the 7149th day Shane has spent behind bars for...nothing.

Shane Watson's address:

Mr.Shane Watson
Green Haven Correctional Facility
PO Box 4000
Stormville, NY 12582

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