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, October 10, 2013

Words from Shane

Some excerpts from a letter I received from Shane Watson yesterday:

"I was so glad (about the testimony at the hearings)..not only for myself, but for everyone else as well: you, Doug (Doug Walters, our investigator), Paula (Shane's wife) and the kids, supporters, family, etc. It shows how people can make a difference. Amen!"

"I am not in the same block (cell block at Green Haven) I was in when I left for the hearings. I am in the other side of the facility, the dark side. But praise God, it won't be for long."

"I had to get rid of a lot of mail (upon his return to Green Haven from Rikers Island, where he was held during the hearings)"

"While I was at Rikers Island I was able to call L'il Shane, Shana, and  Brandon almost every day to say good morning, good night, and that I loved them which was something special that I was deprived of doing for 20 years."

"Try to encourage the supporters to come to the closing arguments on October 23. Amen!"

Oral arguments will be heard in Judge Price's courtroom on Wednesday, October 23 @ 9 AM.

As always, we are in urgent need of funds: our legal expenses have now reached $12,000.

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