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

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Today in courtroom 540, Judge Richard Price heard closing oral arguments from Attorney Robert Boyle as well as the prosecution team, on the matter of Shane Watson. This marked the conclusion of the motion hearings.

Mr. Boyle spoke for about 45 minutes, laying out in detail the foundation of our newly discovered evidence:
  • the testimony of Christine Holloway, who testified at this hearing that she could not see the face of the shooter, and that she was pressured by the police to ID Shane Watson . Ms. Holloway came to NY from her home in the Atlanta, GA area in order to recant her testimony at Shane's original 1993 trial
  • the actions of the police and Detective Seville Jones regarding the photo arrays and lineup procedures
Framing his arguments carefully with regard to the legal issues required to overturn a verdict, Mr. Boyle clearly laid out the bare facts of the case, confirming what we have all known for so long: there simply was NO evidence against Shane Watson except for the coerced testimony of Christine Holloway.

We have reached the moment of truth now. Judge Price will consider the arguments heard today, as well as the evidence and testimony heard in court since the hearings commenced in July. He will then write an "opinion" (decision). This opinion will have three possible consequences:
  • the judge will deny a new trial, and Shane will continue to serve his sentence
  • the judge will order a new trial
  • the judge will order that Shane be released from prison
Thank you for your continued support, and prayers.

1 comment:

  1. My prayers are with you Shane. I truly believe justice will prevail.