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 4, 2013

Attorney Robert Boyle: "This is Shane's shot": Why the July 15 hearing is important

WHAT: Evidentiary hearing for Shane Watson

 WHERE: Bronx Supreme Court, 265 East 161st Street, Bronx, NY                
                Courtroom of Judge Richard Price

WHEN: Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

WHAT IT MEANS:The purpose of this hearing is to present the judge with our best NEW evidence, in the hope of the judge granting Shane a new trial. The evidence we present must be evidence that was NOT introduced at Shane's 1993 trial.

According to our attorney Robert Boyle, "99% of cases in which defendants seek to overturn convictions don't make it this far. This hearing, and the subsequent hearings (if granted by the judge) represents our opportunity. This is Shane's shot (at freedom)."


  • attend the hearing to support Shane
  • help us to raise the needed $12,000 for remaining legal expenses. If you are reading this you have probably already made one or more financial donations to The Opus 30 Mission, and that is greatly appreciated. We all have our own personal and financial pressures and limitations. Perhaps you can reach out to an individual or organization (a house of worship, a corporation, etc.) for financial support. Donations can be easily made on this blog via PayPal.
  • pray, meditate
  • write to Shane: Mr. Shane Watson, 93A9384, Green Haven Correctional Facility, PO Box 4000, Stormville, NY 12582

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