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

Monday, August 5, 2013

TODAY AT THE HEARING: Paul Markstein and Rebecca Freedman; Hearing to resume August 26

Judge Richard Price heard testimony from attorney Paul Markstein today at the motion hearing for Shane Watson. Mr. Markstein was Shane's trial attorney at the 1993 trial. His testimony spoke to the tactical decisions he made at the 1993 trial, some of which were questionable and may have contributed to the jury's decision to convict.

Following Mr. Markstein's testimony, the court heard an argument from Rebecca Freedman, Assistant Director of The Exoneration Initiative. Ms. Freedman attempted to persuade the court to allow an expert in eyewitness testimony to be included in the hearing. Judge Price ruled against Freedman's argument, stating that such testimony was unnecessary for the purpose of the hearing.

The motion hearing was adjourned until Monday, August 26 @ 10 AM. According to our investigator Doug Walters, the defense will call two more people to testify before the court, and the hearing will probably conclude on August 27. The prosecution is planning to call retired detective Sevilie Jones, the lead detective for the "investigation" of the shooting death of Mark Johnson in 1991.

Shane has been held at Riker's Island for the duration of these hearings. Fortunately, our attorney Robert Boyle made the arrangements for Shane to be returned to Green Haven until the hearings resume in three weeks. Compared to Riker's, Green Haven "will feel like a country club" noted one courtroom observer.

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