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, September 10, 2014

Appeal to the NY State Supreme Court has been FILED

On August 21, 2014, our attorney, Robert Boyle filed a 36-page "Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Leave to Appeal" to the Appellate Division of the NY State Supreme Court.

This means that the Appellate Division will now decide whether or not to accept Mr. Boyle's arguments and overturn Judge Richard Price's denial of our previous motion. This is all a long-winded way of saying that the Appellate Court, should it accept the case for review, has the power to grant Shane a new trial. Mr. Boyle feels that the Appellate Court will, in fact, review the case and not reject it summarily.

The 36-page document prepared by Mr. Boyle states the facts of the case, and goes on to argue on Shane's behalf citing testimony from last summer's motion hearings in Judge Price's courtroom. It is compelling reading, by any account.

Thank you for your continued interest in this case. As always, I urge you to drop a line of encouragement to Shane :

Mr. Shane Watson
DIN 93A9384
Fishkill Correctional Facility
PO Box 1245
Beacon, NY 12508

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