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, August 1, 2013

The Hearing Continues and Incompetency In Action

The motion hearing for Shane Watson continued on Wednesday, July 31 with testimony from Paul Markstein, Shane's defense attorney at the original 1993 trial. Some progress was made, however due to a stunning display of incompetency on the part of the Department of Corrections, the hearing was necessarily adjourned and will resume next Monday, August 5 @ 10:00 AM in Judge Price's courtroom.

Shane has been held at Riker's Island during the motion hearing, since Riker's is much closer to the Bronx courthouse than Green Haven. Despite an 11 AM call to start proceedings, the Department of Corrections failed to produce Shane in court until almost 1 PM. Consider this. A prisoner is held in the very building of the courtroom, handcuffed and under guard, yet the powers that be could not manage to escort him up to the 5th floor until almost 2 hours later than the appointed time for the hearing. Our investigator Doug Walters was present an hour BEFORE the hearings were to commence, and Doug lives...in Chicago. Enough said.

Along with the continuation of Paul Markstein's testimony, next Monday's hearing will also include testimony from Glenn Garber, the founder and executive director of The Exoneration Initiative. Mr. Garber's presence and interest in Shane's case supports our firm belief in Shane's innocence. Rebecca Freedman, the EI's Assistant Director has been assisting our attorney Robert Boyle since the motion hearings began.

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