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

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Time to Heal

As I sat in courtroom 504 on Monday the most compelling aspect of the proceedings for me was to see Shane sitting at the defense table. He listened and absorbed the facts of his wrongful conviction, as expressed by his attorney and heard by a judge and others in the courtroom. It was the first time in many years that the injustice of his case was being addressed publicly, and for Shane it was an emotional time. The facts of his case which have consumed his private thoughts while in prison were finally being heard.

We are at a critical point. Right now our most pressing need is funding. I ask everyone involved, (family, friends, supporters) to seek any contributions so that we can finish this case. Donations can be made on this blog via PayPal, or mailed to
The Opus 30 Mission
Will Duchon, Director
8 Peak Avenue
Milford, CT 06460

1 comment:

  1. My prayers are with Shane. The truth exists, a lie does not. The truth has come out, I pray now that justice follows.