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, April 25, 2014

Waiting and Remembering

We still are waiting for Judge Price to render his decision on Shane's motion hearings. Essentially, the question comes down to this: was Shane's 1993 conviction valid, or not? Obviously, we believe that the conviction was an outrage and a travesty, considering the complete lack of a proper investigation and the shoddy and extremely questionable way that Shane Watson was chosen as the perpetrator.

It is important not to lose sight of the victim, Mark Johnson, who lost his life on October 9, 1991 at the hands of a still unknown shooter. Shane has spent the last twenty years in prison, and this is tragic. However, it is just as tragic that Mr. Johnson lost his life, leaving behind people who loved him and who to this day miss him. The death of Mark Johnson is even more disturbing considering the fact that Shane Watson's life was turned upside down wrongfully as a result of Mr. Johnson's death, compounding the senseless loss and amount of grief, and unnecessarily so.

I ask that you continue to keep Shane in your thoughts and prayers. Let's do the same for Mr. Johnson and his family and loved ones, who have been lived with his untimely death for twenty-one years now. Granting Shane his freedom will not bring Mr. Johnson back. Granting Shane his freedom will at least stop the unnecessary perpetuation of wrong that began on that October night in 1991.

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