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

Friday, July 12, 2013


Dear Friends,

Shane Watson's motion hearing is this Monday, July 15, 2013. This is a huge step forward in our work.

I want to gather as much publicity for Shane's case as possible, in order to not only share his story, but to raise much needed funds for his legal expenses.

WBAI-FM in New York City has a unique connection to The Opus 30 Mission. I happened to be listening to the late Al Lewis's Saturday morning program back in 2003, and at the suggestion of Mr. Lewis, sent a postcard to WBAI with my name and address in order to correspond with someone in prison. A few weeks later I received Shane's name and mailing address at Green Haven, and here we are.

Please email and/or call WBAI and suggest that they cover Shane's story.

Berthold Reimers, Station General Manager (347) 903-2986
Kathy Davis, Public Affairs Director (347) 515-6586
(For the WBAI email form click here)

Khalil Cumberbatch, Communications Manager for On The Count: The Criminal Justice Report 
Email: kcumberbatch@onthecount.org

Thank you.

1 comment:

  1. Not a word or even the courtesy of a phone call from ANYONE at WBAI. Too bad, and very revealing of the station's true priorities.